Susan L. Yarbrough Pens Eye-Opening New Memoir

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US immigration judge shares accounts of five asylum cases she presided over during 18 year career

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The inspiration for 'Bench-Pressed’ was the courage and dignity of those who flee to the United States seeking safety after being persecuted in their own countries

In her unique and compelling judicial memoir, “Bench-Pressed: A Judge Recounts the Many Blessings and Heavy Lessons of Hearing Immigration Asylum Cases” (published by iUniverse), former United States immigration judge Susan. L. Yarbrough highlights five significant asylum cases that she heard and decided during almost 18 years on the bench – cases that profoundly changed her not only as a judge but also as a person.

Yarbrough shares heartrending testimony described against the background of the countries in which the persecution took place, following each account with personal reflections on how she was emotionally and spiritually transformed by each encounter. Readers are shown her legal and human perspectives on cases ranging from 30-year-old Josué Maldonado who was persecuted in El Salvador because of his religion, to Daniel Quetzal, an Indian from Guatemala who was tied naked to a pole and beaten because of his political opinions.

Each account provides an unforgettable glimpse into the lives of asylum seekers.

“The inspiration for ‘Bench-Pressed’ was the courage and dignity of those who flee to the United States seeking safety after being persecuted in their own countries,” Yarbrough notes.

By Susan. L. Yarbrough
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 146 pages | ISBN 9781475975437
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 146 pages | ISBN 9781475975420
E-Book | 146 pages | ISBN 9781475975444
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About the Author
Susan L. Yarbrough, J.D., practiced law in New York and Texas before being appointed to a judgeship on the United States Immigration Court, where she served for almost 18 years. Now retired, she lives in Texas, where she enjoys reading, writing, walking, swimming, gardening, volunteering and being with friends.

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