H. Raymond Fasano had the privilege in his final responsibility as Chair of the Federal Bar Association's Immigration Law Section to present the 1st Annual Global Citizenship Award to Cecile Kyenge Kashetu. Ms. Kashetu was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After a distinguished career in medicine and promoting social justice, Ms. Kashetu became involved in public service. At first she was elected to a local position in Modena. Later she was elected as member of the Italian Parliament's Chamber of Deputies. She was then appointed as Minister of Integration by Prime Minister Enrico Letta. Finally, she was elected to represent Italy in the European Parliament.
For a second consecutive year H. Raymond Fasano had the honor of presenting a panel at this prestigious event. Mr. Fasano was the moderator for the panel discussion on "Bartering for Citizenship: Malta and MAVNI." The panelist were Margaret D. Stock and Dr. Jean-Phillippe Chetcuti. Dr. Chetcuti spoke on the pros and cons of selling citizenship in the small country of Malta. Ms. Stock discussed the ancient practice of granting citizenship in exchange for military service that has recently been embraced by the U.S. Military.
H. Raymond Fasano will again be speaking at the Rome Citizenship Conference. The program is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, in cooperation with the American Bar Association, Section on International Law, the Stanford Rock Center and the Loyola Rome Center.
Recently, the Board of Immigration Appeals held for the first time that women who are the victims of domestic violence are eligible for political asylum in the United States. Specifically, the Board officially recognized that women who have experienced domestic violence may be deemed a "member of a particular social group." The ruling was made in the precedent decision entitled Matter of A-R-C-G-.
By H. Raymond Fasano, Esq. and Christina Xenides, Esq.
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