Washington, DC (June 1, 2020) – As thousands of protesters take to the streets for the third day in DC, seeking justice and accountability, in a movement echoed in hundreds of cities across the US and the world, Ayuda stands against racism, as allies with our Black neighbors and communities of color. 

We are horrified and saddened by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the deaths of many others before them, including those of which we are unaware. We join the many voices affirming: Black Lives Matter.

As an anti-racist organization, racism has no place in the future Ayuda seeks to create. We actively seek to combat attitudes and systems of oppression – in our immigration system, in the justice system, in our communities, our organization, and ourselves. 

Today, we are renewing our commitment to the dignity, rights, and wellbeing of our Black neighbors and other people of color in our communities. We are renewing our commitment to look not only within immigration and justice systems but also within our organization and within ourselves, for ways that we inadvertently contribute to racism and inequality. 

We believe a better world is possible. One where everyone in our communities can live free of racism and injustice. We believe in a world where everyone can thrive.

In solidarity,

Paula Fitzgerald, Esq.Executive Director

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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