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INTERPOL Vindicates Mr. Gillmore Hoefdraad, Suriname’s Former Minister of Finance, Rescinding Suriname’s Illegitimate Red Notice Request

Mr. Gillmore Hoefdraad, former Minister of Finance (2015-2020) and president of the Central Bank of Suriname (2010-2015), has been the target of illegitimate, politically motivated charges since his party lost national elections in 2020. Mr. Hoefdraad left a career with the International Monetary Fund, assisting distressed economies around the world, to serve his home country. The government of Suriname wrongly criminalized good faith policy decisions made by Mr. Hoefdraad and the prior administration during a financial crisis that deepened with the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on charges that were previously rejected by Suriname’s National Assembly, Mr. Hoefdraad was convicted in absentia, in a case lacking fundamental due process protections. In a decisive recognition of Suriname’s illegitimate prosecution of Mr. Hoefdraad, INTERPOL has rescinded the Red Notice requested by Suriname that sought his detention and extradition.

On April 14, 2022, INTERPOL issued a detailed, 11-page decision confirming that Suriname’s prosecution of Mr. Hoefdraad is politically motivated and in violation of INTERPOL’s Constitution. INTERPOL’s decision vindicates Mr. Hoefdraad as a victim of political persecution, whose human rights have been repeatedly violated by Suriname’s government. This decision confirms that Suriname has no evidence of self-enrichment, yet still proceeded with nonsensical embezzlement charges arguing that the State alone benefited from Mr. Hoefdraad’s actions as finance minister. INTERPOL found the charges against Mr. Hoefdraad seriously concerning and lacking in the clarity required by its Constitution and rules.

Partner Meg Hobbins represents Mr. Hoefdraad before INTERPOL and has also assisted with his claims before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In response to INTERPOL’s decision, Ms. Hobbins states: “Mr. Hoefdraad has suffered immeasurable personal and professional harm stemming from Suriname’s politically motivated charges. We wholeheartedly welcome this decision from INTERPOL, which carefully weighed the extensive evidence in this matter and came down decisively in Mr. Hoefdraad’s favor.”

Grossman Young & Hammond defends individuals who are targeted by persecutory Red Notices and seek justice before the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files and international human rights bodies. GYH supports efforts to stop INTERPOL abuse worldwide.

Please contact Meg Hobbins at mhobbins@grossmanyoung.com with press inquiries related to this matter.

AILA Honors Sandra Grossman with Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law

Grossman Young & Hammond proudly announces that Partner Sandra Grossman, is to receive the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2022 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. AILA is the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA’s Annual Awards are the highest recognition of achievement and contributions in the national immigration law community.

“I am absolutely honored to accept this award. I am grateful to AILA for its support and continuing commitment to immigrant rights...” says Grossman.

She continues, “This award is immensely meaningful to me. Over a decade ago I began to understand the issue of INTERPOL abuse within the immigration law space when I witnessed many of my Venezuelan clients suffering the effect of persecutory red notices. All too often, U.S. enforcement agencies and immigration courts treat red notices as conclusive evidence of criminality, which they are not. This practice must stop. I remain committed to educating the bar about the issue of persecutory red notices and hope this award will help draw further attention to this issue.”

“Personally, this recognition is also deeply meaningful. I am an immigrant to the U.S. myself and my parents were political refugees from the Pinochet dictatorship. It was only through hard work and perseverance that they overcame significant cultural, linguistic, social, and economic challenges. The story of my parents and so many other clients show that immigrants are the future, a driving force to drive propel us forward. The more we can do to incorporate and support immigrants the stronger a nation we will become.”

The 2022 AILA Annual Awards will be presented during the immigration bar’s most anticipated event of the year: the 2022 AILA Annual Conference, to be held on June 16th in New York City.

Last year, the Firm’s other Co-Managing Partner, Becki Young, was acknowledged by AILA with the 2021 President’s Commendation for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

A full list of 2022 AILA Awards recipients is here.

Congratulations to Sandra!

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Chambers Global Recognizes Grossman Young & Hammond

Chambers & Partners recognized Grossman Young & Hammond's Business Immigration practice and leadership in the release of its 2022 Chambers Global guide. While Chambers USA has ranked Grossman Young & Hammond and its partners for years, this was the first time Sandra Grossman and the Business Immigration Practice have been included in Chambers Global. This is the second year Becki Young was ranked in the Global guide.

Chambers identifies the best law firms globally, whether they are multi-national or boutique. This prestigious guide is based on in-depth research ranks the top lawyers and law firms in over 200 jurisdictions across the world.

Best Lawyers names Becki Young as Lawyer of the Year, recognizes GYH

Accolades abound! GYH and its attorneys received impressive recognition by Best Lawyers 2022. For the first time, Becki Young, Partner, was recognized as 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law (Washington, DC). Lawyer of the Year recognitions are awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location.

Sandra Grossman, Partner, and Denise Hammond, Senior Counsel, were also listed as Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C. Immigration Law. For the second year in a row, Attorney Yeon Me Kim was recognized on Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” list. Thanks to the efforts of all our attorneys and staff, Grossman Young & Hammond was also recognized by Best Law Firms 2022.
Congratulations to Becki, Sandra, Denise, Yeon Me and all the rest of our team for this well-deserved recognition! We are deeply proud of our entire GYH team for their tenacious and passionate work.

Washingtonian Best Lawyers List Recognizes GYH Partners

GYH is proud to announce that Partners Sandra Grossman, Becki Young and Meg Hobbins, were included in
Washingtonian's Washington DC's Best Lawyers List 2020. The prestigious list, released every two years, is a directory of top attorneys in the DC metro area, as voted by area lawyers. Congratulations to our deserving attorneys, especially Meg Hobbins, who was included for the first time this year!

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What will the 2020 Presidential Election mean for international law?

This free online series, hosted by the American Society for International Law (ASIL), features expert panelists discussing the U.S. immigration system and laws, as well as recent executive actions, in light of international laws and norms. Panelists representing both parties will analyze positions and policies of the two U.S. presidential candidates, as they seek to “fix” U.S. immigration law, policy, and practice.

The discussion will cover immigration enforcement matters, including especially extraterritorial detention centers, refugee camps, border walls, biometric screening and surveillance, family separation practices, and deportation practices. The panel will also discuss the implications of international law and norms for U.S. refugee and asylum law, policy, and practice.

Int'l Law and the 2020 Presidential Election--Session Four: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: US Approaches to immigration and asylum under international law


Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm





Leon Fresco, Holland & Knight LLP

Enrique Gonzalez, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Sandra Grossman (moderator), Grossman Young & Hammond

Best Lawyers recognizes GYH Attorneys

Best Lawyers 2020, a division of U.S. News and World Report, recognized Denise Hammond and Becki Young as ‘Best Lawyers’ in Immigration Law for the 12th and 4th years respectively.

We are elated to announce that Yeon Me Kim was recognized in “Ones to Watch” for the first time this year. This new listing acknowledges excellence in attorneys who have been practicing for five to nine years.

Best Lawyers recognition is based entirely on peer review. Congratulations to our attorneys for the well-deserved accolades!

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The Legal 500 2020 Recognizes Becki Young & GYH for Leadership in Immigration

For the second year in a row, Becki Young was recognized by The Legal 500, a prestigious research-based ranking system for law firms, as a "Leading Lawyer" nationwide. Grossman Young & Hammond was also ranked as a Tier 3 firm in Immigration in the U.S., alongside numerous large, internationally-renowned firms. We are proud of all our attorneys and staff for their contributions to these humbling rankings.

The full Legal500 USA 2020 edition is available here.

Claudia Lainez named a "Rising Star" in Immigration by Super Lawyers 2020

Grossman Young & Hammond is proud to announce that Attorney, Claudia Lainez, was recognized in Super Lawyers Washington DC's 2020 list of Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is known for the credibility of its patented selection process and recognized Claudia based on her impressive ability to get results for her clients and to demonstrate compassion and dedication throughout her work.

Claudia defends individuals in removal proceedings and represents individuals in family-based visa petitions, a variety of waivers, such as J-1 and I-751 waivers, asylum matters, U and T visa petitions, naturalization applications, and petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), among others. She represents individuals before U.S. Immigration Courts, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Maryland and Washington, DC family courts.

Congratulations, Claudia!

See the digital Rising Stars list here.

Sandra Grossman Helps Secure Asylum for Guatemalan Politician and Activist

Last month, Grossman Young & Hammond was thrilled by the approval of the asylum application for client Thelma Aldana. Ms. Aldana, former prosecutor general of Guatemala and presidential candidate, is internationally recognized for her work dismantling powerful criminal structures, and fearlessly investigating, exposing, and prosecuting corrupt high-profile government officials. In 2016, the U.S Secretary of State honored Ms. Aldana with the “International Women of Courage Award.”

Sandra Grossman, Partner, and Ms. Aldana met today, March 12, with Congressman Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who provided critical support to Ms. Aldana’s case, along with several other members of Congress. We hope Ms. Aldana will have the opportunity to continue her important work in the United States, for now, until she has a chance to rejoin her fellow Guatemalans in the fight for transparency and rule of law.

Grossman Young & Hammond, as well as the Congresspeople who supported Ms. Aldana's asylum petition, hope she will have the opportunity to continue her important work in the United States, for now, until she has a chance to rejoin her fellow Guatemalans in the fight for transparency and rule of law.