Client Sarah Builds a Safer Future for Her Children

Sarah*, an immigrant from Central America, had been with Martin* for 20 years when she finally left him. Over two decades of their relationship, she endured intimate partner violence and his alcoholism, but never stopped advocating for herself and her...

Ayuda Client Emmanuel Secures Legal Permanent Residency

Emmanuel* first entered the U.S. over a decade ago with one simple mission: to donate a kidney to his brother. He departed his home country of Liberia with a B-2 Visa in hand for medical treatment purposes.   The donation was a success, but his ongoing medical...

Ayuda Client Rosa Wins Custody Case

Rosa*, an immigrant from El Salvador, was happily living with her partner when she found out she was pregnant. Unfortunately, the news brought a sinister side out of the father-to-be, Julio*. His temper became short, eventually escalating to verbal and physical abuse...

Unaccompanied and Unshakeable: This is Elias’ Story

Elias* was 16 when he arrived in the U.S. from Guatemala as an unaccompanied minor. He’d taken the risky journey hoping to reconnect with his mother stateside, whom he hadn’t seen since birth. Upon arriving in the D.C. area, Elias connected with Ayuda for a helping...

Selena’s Story: Celebrating U Visa Success After 6 Years 

Everyone has their own reason for immigrating. When former Ayuda client Selena* fled her home country in Central America after surviving domestic violence, her reason for coming to the United States was simple: Safety – for herself and her children.  Shortly...