For Immediate Release
March 28, 2017

Beyond the Headlines: Ayuda Celebrates Immigrant Lives
Key Leaders to Support Immigrants

Washington, D.C. – Ayuda will commemorate its 44th anniversary on May 16, 2017 by celebrating inclusion, diversity, and the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia immigrant community. The event will take place at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in downtown Washington, D.C. from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Maryland State Delegate David Moon, D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso and Brianne Nadeau, and Takoma Park Councilmember Peter Kovar, among others, will be in attendance to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of immigrants in our community.
The event begins with A Conversation on Immigration moderated by C-SPAN’s Steve Scully. Confirmed panelists include: Paula Fitzgerald, executive director, Ayuda; Sandra Grossman, partner, Grossman Law, LLC; Lynden Melmed, partner, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP; Julia Preston, former New York Times national immigration correspondent; Paul Wickham Schmidt, federal immigration court judge (retired); and J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board chair.
“Every day, Ayuda stands with immigrants as they seek to exercise their rights and access justice. On the occasion of Ayuda’s 44th anniversary, we celebrate the lives of immigrants whose presence and many positive contributions make our region stronger,” says Paula Fitzgerald, executive director.

Ayuda will also honor Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and the DC Bar Foundation for their exceptional commitment to furthering Ayuda’s mission.
For more information, contact Sarah Block at (202) 387-4848 ext. 143 or at [email protected]

About Ayuda
Ayuda is a 501(c)(3) legal, social, and language access provider that helps vulnerable low-income immigrants in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia stop abuses and improve their lives. With 44 years of experience and a highly motivated and skilled team, Ayuda secures justice and vital resources for immigrant individuals and families. As a national leader, Ayuda shares innovations that increase the capacity of providers and systems throughout the United States. Ayuda regularly fields inquiries from attorneys, advocates, and officials residing around the world who want to learn more about our relentless, dignified approach that helps immigrants save and rebuild their lives.

Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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