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Laura Trask is the Director of Development and Communications at Ayuda. In this role she supports the organization in achieving its fundraising objectives. She brings nearly a decade of fundraising experience and finds joy in cultivating meaningful relationships with Ayuda stakeholders to advance the mission of the organization.

Prior to joining Ayuda in November 2017, Laura worked in Santiago de Chile with a nonprofit that supports at-risk youth, and in Guatemala with a nonprofit that provides education, nutrition, and access to healthcare for low-income students in Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez.

Laura is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She received her B.A. in Print Journalism and B.A. in Foreign Relations from James Madison University. She holds a graduate certification in International NGO Management from James Madison University, and a certification in Human Rights: Immigrant and Refugee Rights from the Henry Dunant Foundation. She is fluent in Spanish and a native of Virginia.

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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