Cozen O'Connor members Richard J. Bortnick and Elena Park have earned asylum for a pro bono client in her case against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Immigration Court. In an immigration case that made headlines around the globe, Mr. Bortnick and Ms. Park represented Zhen Xing Jiang, a Chinese national living in Philadelphia, after she suffered mistreatment by ICE during a botched deportation attempt.
Ms. Jiang had been on parole status in the United States, after her previous asylum claim was denied as untimely filed by the Immigration Court. In February 2006, Ms. Jiang appeared for what she believed to be a routine appointment at the ICE office in Philadelphia. As previously instructed, she brought her husband and two young sons along with her. Without any prior notice, she was immediately taken into custody and transported to J.F.K. Airport in New York for deportation, while her family waited in the ICE office, ignorant of her situation. After alleged ill treatment while in custody, Ms. Jiang suffered a miscarriage of twin babies.
Mr. Bortnick and Ms. Park accepted her representation on a pro bono basis, handling negotiations and filings before the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After numerous pleas to ICE, the community and political representatives, they earned Ms. Jiang the right to stay in the U.S. while she and her husband further pursued asylum.