Cuban journalist Serafín Morán Santiago has been granted asylum by the United States after being detained in Texas since April. Mr. Santiago reported on human rights abuses, persecution of political dissidents, and government corruption in Cuba. He was often beaten, arrested, wrongly imprisoned, and kidnapped because of his reporting on the realities of the Castro regime.

William Alden McDaniel, Jr., Anu Susan Thomas, and Maraya Pratt of Ballard Spahr represented Mr. Morán Santiago pro bono to ensure he is granted political asylum. Mr. McDaniel said, "We all talk about liberty in this country. But this man has put his life on the line repeatedly because of his belief in liberty and free expression. And he suffered for it. It was an honor to represent him."

Even though Mr. Morán Santiago is relieved to have been granted asylum, he still fears for the safety of his family back in Cuba. Mr. McDaniel added that Mr. Morán Santiago "plans to continue as much reporting on what's happening in Cuba as he can from outside the country."

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