Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz’s seasoned experience in fundraising, external affairs, community relations, board development, and branding and marketing benefited Ayuda from 2014 – 2018. As its director of development for four years, she revived and grew Ayuda’s development and communications operations, helping to transform Ayuda to its next plateau of success. Arleen’s leadership raised the stature and brand of Ayuda’s signature annual anniversary event and its Welcome Breakfast. Private sector support from foundations, corporations, and individuals rose to record levels. She identified, cultivated, and recruited candidates for board nominations. She created the Ayuda Advisory Council to convene additional strategic leadership for Ayuda. Prior to Ayuda, Arleen worked for a national higher education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Currently, Arleen is the executive director for the NVMS Conflict Resolution Center.

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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