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Syrian Persecuted Christian Minority Continues to Find Refuge in the United States

Syrian Christians are one of the several minorities suffering persecution in a conflict that is considered to be the worse humanitarian crisis since World War II. Since the emergence of so-called ‘Islamic State’, Syrian Christians are being forced to join the rebel groups, flee their homes, or face death. Likewise, the Syrian government has engaged in attacks against Christians and other minorities in what has been interpreted as an attempt to bolster sectarianism.

The international community continues to struggle to provide a real and lasting solution to the conflict and to the millions of refugees and internally displaced Syrians, including the Christian minority.

Attorney Silvia Manzanero, currently Of Counsel at David F. Vedder, P.A., has successfully represented Syrian Christians before the Department of Homeland Security and in their asylum petitions before U.S. Immigration Courts.[1]

Most recently, Attorney Manzanero represented a Syrian national who had been kidnapped at gunpoint and was thereafter kept blind-folded in the basement of a building. Upon his release, the kidnappers, thought to be associated with Islamic extremists, requested ransom payment under threat of killing him if he declined. Manzanero’s client went into hiding until he was able to flee Syria, leaving his mother and disable sibling behind, as many others in his situation have been forced to do. On July 13, 2015, the Immigration Court in Orlando, Florida granted asylum relief to Manzanero’s client, recognizing that he had a well-founded fear of persecution on account of his Christian faith.

Attorneys at David F. Vedder, P.A. applaud the fact that Immigration Courts are recognizing that Syrian Christians have a reasonable fear of persecution and encourage anyone in fear of being persecuted in their home country to seek protection guaranteed under U.S. immigration laws.