Julissa* is a South American woman who came to Ayuda seeking legal representation in obtaining a civil protection order against her husband and father of her child.

Julissa and Robert were in a relationship for five years and lived together with their then 4-year old son, Juan Carlos. Throughout their relationship, Robert was regularly jealous, possessive, and abusive to Julissa.

Even while Julissa was pregnant with their son, Robert would physically and sexually abuse her. After their child was born, Robert would call Julissa names and continued to physically and sexually assault her, even in front of their child. 

It took years for Julissa to come forward and ask for help because Robert would monitor her finances and she feared homeless, especially amid a pandemic.

Ayuda was able to help Julissa get the support she needed. In addition to supporting Julissa in obtaining immediate protections against her abuser, advocating for her abuser to be held accountable in the criminal justice system, securing sole legal and physical custody of her son, and securing affordable, safe housing, Ayuda was also able to help Julissa secure her immigration status.

* Names have been changed to protect client identity.

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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