Every day people come to the United States seeking asylum from countries that refuse to protect them.
From China, from Iraq, from Mexico and Venezuela. More than 100,000 were filed in the United States in 2017 alone.
Babatunde Scott-Ashley fled his home country of Nigeria when he was 27. He arrived in March 2017 seeking asylum after facing violence and persecution for being gay.
The African nation is notorious for its treatment of homosexuals. Police and gangs harass, beat and persecute people who are believed to be gay. After facing unimaginable hate and abuse, Babatunde believed he had no choice but to escape a country that refused to protect him.
Babatunde’s case began after meeting Shanti Tharayil, a lawyer with the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, who helped him submit his case for asylum.
We followed him though that entire process.
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