Since 1973, Ayuda has protected the rights of low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC area. Ayuda improves the ability of low-income immigrants to live safe, violence-free lives, and become fully participating members of our community through providing access to high-quality, affordable legal and social services. Our programs include:
- Immigration: Through weekly consultation hours, Ayuda offers direct legal consultations with an attorney and/or paralegal on a wide variety of family and humanitarian based immigration cases. Through these consultations, clients with a legal remedy can request full representation in filing applications or court representation.
- Anti-Trafficking: Ayuda provides victims of human trafficking with legal assistance in obtaining visas and advocacy in criminal cases against traffickers. Ayuda also provides social services to assist survivors meet their emergency needs and access resources. Ayuda staff also conducts community outreach and trainings for law enforcement, service providers, and community organizations to identify and serve trafficked persons.
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: A model for holistic services for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Ayuda offers legal assistance (both brief services and extended representation) with protection orders, divorce, child custody, and child and spousal support. Ayuda also offers social services including crisis intervention, safety planning and comprehensive case management.
- Children's Project: Ayuda provides immigrant children and youth with specialized advice and legal representation in addressing their immigration status, and also conducts outreach and trainings aimed at identifying children needing services.
- Community Legal Interpreter Bank: With funding from the DC Bar Foundation, this model Interpreter Bank increases access to justice for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Limited English Proficient people by identifying, training, and providing interpreters for non-profit legal services providers in the District. Additional services include telephonic interpretation, translation services, and training for providers on working with professional interpreters.
- Project END (Eradicating Notario Deceit): With generous support from the DC Bar Foundation, Ayuda launched Project END in May 2013 in order to provide advice and counsel, and represent immigrants defrauded by unscrupulous notarios or immigration consultants in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.