Verizon Provides $50,000 to Kick Off Ayuda’s

45th Anniversary Celebration

Verizon General Counsel Craig Silliman to Accept Ayuda’s Hall of Fame Award in Recognition of the Company’s Long-Time Pro Bono Work and Support for Immigrants


Washington, D.C.

October 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Verizon is the presenting sponsor of Ayuda’s 45th anniversary celebration, taking place in May 2018 at the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. The event will celebrate immigrants’ lives and will call upon the broader community to stand with immigrants.

Verizon’s preeminent pro bono program is a cornerstone of Ayuda’s legal immigration services, helping in particular immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Ayuda is pleased to induct Verizon to its Hall of Fame in recognition of the countless hours of pro bono legal support that Verizon attorneys have provided for immigrants through our partnership.

“Verizon’s generosity with pro bono assistance has enabled Ayuda to be a lifeline for many low-income immigrants in Virginia who want to access justice, stop abuse and trauma, reunite with their families, and rebuild their lives. We are so delighted to be honoring Verizon for their phenomenal work in standing with immigrants,” says Paula Fitzerald, executive director.

Craig Silliman, Verizon executive vice president, public policy and general counsel, will accept the award on behalf of the company.

“Ayuda is an exceptional organization that provides vital services to our community,” said Silliman. “We have been privileged to work with Ayuda on innovative new clinics to serve immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and to find new ways to help immigrants address their legal challenges. We are proud to support Ayuda and we are certain the anniversary celebration will be extraordinary.”

With its $50,000 presenting sponsorship of Ayuda’s 45th anniversary celebration, Verizon has kicked off Ayuda’s event sponsorship campaign. The campaign seeks to raise a record $300,000 to help low-income immigrants residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Proceeds will support Ayuda’s work in providing legal, social, and language access services. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ayuda’s Giving Office at 202-552-3605.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq:VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 163,400 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. Its Oath subsidiary houses more than 50 media and technology brands that engage about 1 billion people around the world.

About Ayuda

Ayuda is a 501(c)(3) legal, social, and language access provider that helps vulnerable low-income immigrants in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia stop abuses and improve their lives. With 44 years of experience and a highly motivated and skilled team, Ayuda secures justice and vital resources for immigrant individuals and families. As a national leader, Ayuda shares innovations that increase the capacity of providers and systems throughout the United States. Ayuda regularly fields inquiries from attorneys, advocates, and officials residing around the world who want to learn more about our relentless, dignified approach that helps immigrants save and rebuild their lives.


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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