Over the past several years, Justice in Mexico has provided pro bono expert witness testimony for persons who are often fleeing violence and persecution in their country of origin and seeking relief in the United States. We have begun to formulate this as one of the designated “project areas” in which we plan to continue our work under the label of the “Testigo” project.
In 2015, Justice in Mexico’s Testigo project provided pro bono services in the form of written and oral expert testimony for eight cases. Partly due to these efforts, several cases have resulted in immigration relief for the applicants. For instance, in the project’s most recent case, a woman fleeing extortion, torture, and death threats was granted asylum in the United States. The judge issuing the decision specifically cited the expert testimony in his opinion. Results such as this demonstrate the tangible impact of pro bono testimony as well as the general success of the project.