John Burgess has been licensed attorney more than 40 years (Hawaii #670). During the past 20 years, he has specialized in immigration and nationality law (emphasizing asylum applications) in San Francisco, California. After relocating to San Francisco in 1993, John was asked to be the lead attorney in the Golden Venture case in which he successfully provided more than 2,000 hours Pro-Bono services for the 18 women and 7 men from the vessel which run a ground off the Queens, NY. In part, based on his testimony before the Human Rights Subcommittee of Congress -... in Washington, D.C. (1996), Congress passed new legislation resulting in the new ground of asylum based on forced abortion as a violation of Convention against Torture unlimited in numbers. The story of the East Coast legal representation of the Golden Venture detainees incarcerated __, New York told in the best-selling book "The Snake Head - An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream" by Patrick Radden Keefe (2009).