COUNTRY CONDITIONS EXPERT WITNESS
Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition is a qualified country of origin expert witness in the United States and global immigration courts, providing expert written country conditions reports and testimony for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, non-binary, LGBTQI + asylum seekers from 20 African Countries, to include activists, allies and human rights defenders.
Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea-Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Tanzania, The Gambia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
"Ms. Nathan testified as an expert witness for us in an asylum case on behalf of a lesbian woman from Ethiopia detained at the Stewart Immigration Court in Lumpkin, GA. She was fantastic to work with. She put a great deal of time and energy into learning our case and preparing her report and testimony. Her knowledge of the facts on the ground in the county are absolutely unique and compelling. She provided persuasive in court testimony in a very hostile jurisdiction. I would hire her again in a heartbeat." Peter Isbister, Senior Lead Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center, Atlanta, GA
"Thank you again for all your help, your country conditions were amazing. I will definitely keep you in mind as an expert in the future (I recommended you to my colleagues as well), and I look forward to the potential of working with you again in the future!" Attorney for Asylum Seeker, Kentucky
"Melanie Nathan's work creating a Country Conditions Report and narrative in my client's case was a critical piece of support in my client's asylum award. Melanie was able to work with a quick turn-around requirement and provided a thorough report in a timely fashion. She was quick to learn the details of my client's case. Her knowledge of the persecution of individuals across Africa gave us an extra boost of confidence going into the asylum hearing before the EOIR Immigration Court. The immigration judge awarded asylum to my client very early into the hearing." Attorney, New Hampshire.
I have worked with Melanie Nathan as an expert on two asylum cases for LGBTQ clients from East Africa. She provided incredibly thorough country conditions reports and was prepared to testify in court—in one case on a very short deadline. She also helped me to find and assess the reliability of up-to-date topical articles and address issues of potentially changed country conditions while a case was pending. She took lots of time to understand the theory of each case and was very receptive to any suggestions and questions I had. I would recommend her to anyone! Kelly Morgan, Central West Justice Center
Nothing like a fiery reference: This feedback from Counsel. It was during the California fires where Counsel forgot to tell me about the hearing date and I answered the Judge's phone call- waking me at 5.00 am, amidst a potential evacuation: