STACY BRUSTIN

STACY BRUSTIN

PROFESSOR OF LAW AND DIRECTOR OF THE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE ADVOCACY CLINIC, THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

Stacy Brustin and her students represent low-income clients in family law, employment, and public benefits matters. Stacy also engages in court-reform efforts, policy development, and scholarship focused on family law and access to justice.   Her involvement with Ayuda dates back to 1989 when she began as a staff attorney in the family law unit. She also brought her experiences and inspiration from her time in Mexico and started the Hermanas Unidas support group for survivors of domestic violence, which continues today. She served on the Board of Directors from 2011-2017. Most recently, Stacy introduced Ayuda to the DC Social Justice Fund, a donor-advisement philanthropy group.

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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