Mylène Wins Asylum!
After many years of enduring the oppressive and corrupt Burundian government, Mylène decided to join the opposition party, Movement for Solidarity and Democracy (“MSD”). MSD fought for unity and an end to division based on ethnicity. While attending a peaceful protest one day, Mylène and many other protesters were attacked by the local police force. She managed to flee the protest safely.
The following day, upon arriving to her business, she found many police officers rummaging through her office. Mylène was targeted by the ruling party because she was a member of the opposition party and because she owned a travel agency which served various clients, including opposition leaders. The officers demanded a list of names of the clients that Mylène served. When she refused she was detained, interrogated and sexually assaulted. After waking up in the hospital the next day, Mylène fled with her three children to Rwanda and later to the U.S. Many of her friends and family members have been tortured and killed due to their affiliation with the opposition party.
Mylène and her three children are now safely living here in the U.S. Thanks to our dedicated pro bono attorneys and staff, less than two years after entering the U.S., Mylène and her children have won asylum!