The power of pro bono
A few words spoken at a community meeting in Eritrea, Africa, changed one woman’s life forever.
After voicing her opinion in a country with an authoritarian government, B.L.* soon found herself arrested and held for weeks, suffering beatings and torture in a local prison notorious for abuse.
She fled to the Chicago area, and today is applying for asylum in the United States. B.L. is represented by an AbbVie attorney working pro bono on her case, which will likely take more than 2 years to move through the immigration system.
B.L.’s case is among 14 taken on by AbbVie attorneys and legal staff through a partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), a nonprofit that provides legal aid to immigrants and asylum seekers.