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Ana Plaza is the Director of Social Services at Ayuda. She is a passionate advocate for social justice issues and supporting the immigrant community. In her role, she is responsible for the programmatic and managerial aspects of the Social Services team, which provides holistic and trauma-informed services including culturally specific case management and mental health therapy to immigrants’ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking among other common crimes in the DMV area.   

Ana is originally from Venezuela where she obtained a degree in Education and spent more than 15 years in the field. Previous to starting her job at Ayuda she accrued her experience in the social services field at Family Services, Inc and EveryMind giving direct services to the immigrant community and creating opportunities to bring new services throughout the Washington DC Capital area.  

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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