Mr. Acosta came to Youman, Madeo & Fasano in March 2015 after hearing about our firm from our television show. Mr. Acosta had already been in removal proceedings for nearly ten years when he came to YMF and had prior counsel who had handled his case, but he was looking for a change. He had been living in the United States since 2000 when, in 2006, the government of Peru contacted Interpol and the Department of State and Mr. Acosta was arrested and placed in removal proceedings based on an accusation that he had committed genocide in Peru. He initially had a hearing on an asylum claim in 2008, but then the case switched course to adjustment of status through an approved marriage petition from his U.S. citizen wife. Because of the alleged charges against him, neither the Immigration Judge nor the Department of Homeland Security would agree to remand the adjustment adjudication to USCIS. Mr. Acosta met with Partner Raymond Fasano, to discuss his situation; Associate Attorney Christina Xenides was then assigned to work on the case.