2020 Impact ReportA Year of Resilience

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, Ayuda pivoted to provide our quality legal, social and language access services to be offered remotely, allowing us to support more than 3,000 immigrants in 2020.

Thank you for your support, and we hope you enjoy our 2020 Impact Report!

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Erlinda’s Story: “I was trafficked by my diplomat”

Erlinda’s Story: “I was trafficked by my diplomat”

Erlinda* came from the Philippines to work as a domestic worker for a diplomat in Washington D.C. She traveled on a visa for domestic workers of foreign dignitaries. However, upon her arrival in Washington D.C., Erlinda’s employer confiscated her identity...

Refugee, mother and survivor, becomes U.S. citizen after 8 years

Refugee, mother and survivor, becomes U.S. citizen after 8 years

It is because of supporters like you, that Ayuda was able to help save me and my family and put us on the path to recovery. In 2004, my family and I were separated. I was 19 years old and civil war had plagued my home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)....

From Victim to Survivor: Sabah’s Path to Recovery

From Victim to Survivor: Sabah’s Path to Recovery

Sabah is a young Middle Eastern woman who came to Ayuda seeking legal representation for a civil protection order against her ex-boyfriend, Tim. Sabah and Tim had been a relationship for two years. During their entire relationship, Tim was verbally, physically, and...

Pro Bono Highlight: Eric Rome from Eisen & Rome

Pro Bono Highlight: Eric Rome from Eisen & Rome

This month's pro bono highlight recognizes Eric Rome, who has given his time and talent to Ayuda’s Pro Bono Program since 2017, accepting pro bono cases for full representation. Eric has extensive experience in the world of housing law and has served on the Board of...

This Fourth of July, We Celebrate Our Immigrant Neighbors

This Fourth of July, We Celebrate Our Immigrant Neighbors

"Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."- Franklin D. Roosevelt As we gather together to celebrate America’s Independence Day with family and friends, let us take a moment to reflect on...

“Ayuda’s Holistic Services Saved My Life”

“Ayuda’s Holistic Services Saved My Life”

Mary*, a survivor of childhood assault, fled violence that had engulfed her home in Central America and immigrated to the United States in 2016. Anxious to begin a new and better life, Mary settled in quickly and fell in love. Mary and her boyfriend welcomed a...

“Ayuda gave me the ability to hope for a better tomorrow”

“Ayuda gave me the ability to hope for a better tomorrow”

 I was 6 years old when my life changed forever. Violence in Mexico began to escalate and made its way to my neighborhood. One day my mother went out to the store, leaving my sister and I alone for 10 minutes. In that moment, there was intense gunfire outside the...

Silvia’s Story

Silvia’s Story

Silvia Lopez moved to the United States from El Salvador more than 29 years ago, escaping the civil war that plagued the country from 1980 to 1992. When Silvia first arrived  in 1989, she began the arduous process of applying for asylum and later for a green card...

New Trump Policy Puts Victims of Abuse at Risk

The Trump administration is again, putting families—especially women and children—in harm’s way as he continues his unrelenting assault on immigrant families. We all saw the photos and heard the cries of children in cages at the border. But you probably haven’t heard...

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