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Erlinda’s Story: “I was trafficked by my diplomat”

Erlinda’s Story: “I was trafficked by my diplomat”

Erlinda* came from the Philippines to work as a domestic worker for a diplomat in Washington D.C. She traveled on a visa for domestic workers of foreign dignitaries. However, upon her arrival in Washington D.C., Erlinda’s employer confiscated her identity...

Refugee, mother and survivor, becomes U.S. citizen after 8 years

Refugee, mother and survivor, becomes U.S. citizen after 8 years

It is because of supporters like you, that Ayuda was able to help save me and my family and put us on the path to recovery. In 2004, my family and I were separated. I was 19 years old and civil war had plagued my home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)....

From Victim to Survivor: Sabah’s Path to Recovery

From Victim to Survivor: Sabah’s Path to Recovery

Sabah is a young Middle Eastern woman who came to Ayuda seeking legal representation for a civil protection order against her ex-boyfriend, Tim. Sabah and Tim had been a relationship for two years. During their entire relationship, Tim was verbally, physically, and...

Silvia’s Story

Silvia’s Story

Silvia Lopez moved to the United States from El Salvador more than 29 years ago, escaping the civil war that plagued the country from 1980 to 1992. When Silvia first arrived  in 1989, she began the arduous process of applying for asylum and later for a green card...

An immigrant family gets a fighting chance

An immigrant family gets a fighting chance

The Pineda family knows what it is like to fight. Ricardo Pineda served in the U.S. military for five years, including one year in Korea, away from his family. He was honorably discharged because of medical issues. Two of Ricardo’s sons, Juan Pablo Pineda and Kevin...

Despite Abusing His Wife, Diplomatic Immunity Protected Him

Despite Abusing His Wife, Diplomatic Immunity Protected Him

By: Clarissa Arevalo, Domestic Violence Staff Attorney  Annette and her children came to Washington D.C. when her husband – a member of the military of a country in central Africa – was posted to the embassy. Already a violent man, he became even more violent in the...

Ayuda's Washington, D.C. office has moved!

Ayuda is excited to announce that as of Tuesday, September 1, 2021 we have a NEW DC office! Ayuda will no longer be operating out of our 6925B Willow St NW nor our 1413 K St. NW offices.

Our new Washington, D.C. office is located at 1990 K Street NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20006.

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