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Laura Trask is the Director of Development and Communications at Ayuda. In this role she provides overall direction for Ayuda’s development initiatives, including: individual and corporate fundraising, major gifts, fundraising events, organizational campaigns, and marketing and communications.

Prior to joining Ayuda in November 2017, Laura worked in Chile and, most recently, in Guatemala. In Chile, she served as the development associate for VE Global, a nonprofit that supports at-risk youth in Santiago. In Guatemala, she served as sponsorship coordinator for Education for the Children (EFTC), a nonprofit that provides education, nutrition, and access to healthcare for low-income students in Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez.

Laura received her B.A. in Print Journalism and B.A. in Foreign Relations from James Madison University. She holds a graduate certification in International Nonprofit 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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