Awa’s Story – Pro Bono Shoutout
Arnold & Porter Senior Associate Chris Moulder, PhD, successfully shepherded a Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) self-petition to the finish line in 2022. This is Awa’s story.
Zoila’s Story: Social Work Breaks Barriers
With Ayuda’s support, Zoila has been able to set goals and thrive.
Protection Through Pro Bono: Ruka’s Story
Ruka is happy to have won her T Visa case and hopes that sharing her story will help someone else in her situation.
A 20-Year Journey to Citizenship: Tanya’s Story
Over 10 years after becoming a permanent resident and over 20 years after she escaped her traffickers, Tanya will take the Oath of Allegiance and become a U.S. Citizen.
This is Dolores’ Story
Dolores* is a Central American woman who first came to Ayuda’s Domestic Violence and Family Law (DVFL) team in 2018. Her abusive romantic partner of over four years, Arnold, had recently violated her in front of her children, leading her to call the police and file...
10 Years of DACA: Lives Changed & Dreams Made Possible
Cheili came to Ayuda shortly after the DACA program was announced in June 2012 seeking to enroll with this new program. She had been in the U.S. since she was a small child and has grown up in the U.S. Ayuda was able to represent Cheili in securing her DACA, and we’ve...
A Story of Survival and Perseverance – This is Anahay’s Story
Anahay  a mother of two, came to Ayuda seeking legal representation to request custody of her two children as well as child support from their abusive father, Paco. Paco had a history of abusing Anahay physically, emotionally, financially and sexually – even...
*Aicha is a forty-year old North African woman who came to Ayuda seeking legal representation for a civil protection order, divorce, and custody of her children from her husband, David. Aicha and David had been married for 15 years and have two children in common....
Tensay Kelile’s Testimony at The September 9 Asylumist Discussion at Immigrant Food
Dear distinguished guests, TASSC staff and TASSC members. My name is Tensay Kelile. I am a torture survivor from Ethiopia. Today I would like to share my personal story about why I was forced to flee Ethiopia, and how much I have suffered as an Affirmative Asylum...
“The support I received at Ayuda was life changing. This is my story.” – Luis, Ayuda client.
"I came to the United States from my home country of El Salvador 6 years ago, at the age of 14. After some turmoil traveling through Mexico, I arrived at the border. After being processed at the border I was put on a...