Pardon Granted by Governor to Sean Stephen, Enabling Him to Pursue Citizenship

Mr. Sean Stephen came to the United States in 1970 as a child, having fled Trinidad with his family as political refugees.  He has lived here ever since, now more than 50 years.  All of his family resides in the United States, and he has a citizen son who he raised himself.  In 2003, Mr. Stephen was convicted of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, his only criminal conviction, which made him not only deportable, but barred him from cancellation of removal.

On September 8, 2023, the Governor’s office granted his application for an unconditional pardon of his conviction. Mr. Stephen can now apply for cancellation of removal to prevent his deportation and eventually become a United States citizen.  Appellate Advocates and Mr. Stephen thank Governor Hochul and the Executive Clemency Bureau for their careful consideration of his application.

Mark W. Vorkink, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge of Appellate Advocates, represented Mr. Stephen