Ugandan LGBT advocate receives asylum in the U.S.

Uganda flagOctober 8, 2014 – The Blade: Washington – The U.S. has granted asylum to a Ugandan LGBT rights advocate who fled persecution in his homeland.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on October 3 granted final approval to Nikilas Mawanda’s asylum request. Whitman-Walker Health, who represented Mawanda through the process that began in late May, made the announcement in a press release.

“The asylum process and the four months I had to wait anxiously were very emotionally taxing for me, but I’m so relieved this day has finally come,” said Mawanda.

Cori Alonso-Yoder, a staff attorney for Whitman-Walker Health, applauded the decision to approve Mawanda’s asylum request.

“We are thrilled that our government has offered him the necessary protection to remain active in the quest for universal human rights, regardless of gender or sexual orientation,” said Alonso-Yoder…

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