Ricardo Rivera-Gomez v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General
On September 3, 2014, Bancroft partner Erin E. Murphy secured a unanimous victory before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Rivera-Gomez v. Holder, 584 F. App’x 729 (9th Cir. 2014) (mem.), a pro bono case that she argued on behalf of a Honduran citizen seeking to reopen his removal proceedings. The court concluded that the Board of Immigration Appeals abused its discretion by denying petitioner’s motion to reopen notwithstanding compelling evidence that the persecution he faces in Honduras on account of his refusal to join a gang has significantly worsened since he was ordered removed. This is one of multiple cases in which Bancroft has successfully partnered with an immigration law clinic to provide pro bono assistance to individuals seeking asylum or withholding of removal.