Mendoza Pablo v. Holder, 667 F.3d 1308 (9th Cir. 2012).

Kevin Michael Crabtree

Case Conclusion Date:February 7, 2012

Practice Area:Immigration

Outcome:Petition for review granted

Description:This case involved a Mam Mayan man whose family was massacred during the Guatemalan civil war. The court was considering a petition for review of the denial of his asylum application. I argued the case before the Ninth Circuit, which granted the petition in a published opinion. The court found that where a family is severely persecuted and there is a close relationship between that persecution and a mother's inability to provide the basic necessities to her child (in this case because the mother was unable to breastfeed due to nutritional deprivation while hiding in a forest), the harms were persecution of the child. The audio recording and opinion are located here: