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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Ayuda Development Intern April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is important to give recognition to this issue, as not many can define what sexual assault is. According to Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, sexual assault “refers to sexual contact or...

Julissa’s Story: Overcoming Abuse

Julissa* is a South American woman who came to Ayuda seeking legal representation in obtaining a civil protection order against her husband and father of her child. Julissa and Robert were in a relationship for five years and lived together with their then 4-year old...

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are Dying in Silence.

by Ayuda Development Intern Covid-19 has taken many lives and destroyed the livelihood of thousands of people. It forced us to live a new normal while keeping up with the regular day-to-day responsibilities. However, as the pandemic draws on, the number of hate crimes...

Ayuda Joins I Stand With Immigrants Initiative of FWD.US

Ayuda Joins I Stand With Immigrants Initiative of FWD.US

Washington, D.C. (February 22, 2021) – Today, Ayuda is thrilled to announce that we have joined the I Stand With Immigrants Initiative, powered by FWD.US, as an official nonprofit partner. The I Stand With Immigrants Initiative leads narrative campaigns that empower...

Ayuda Welcomes New Biden-Harris Administration

Ayuda extends a heartfelt congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as they are officially sworn in as the 46th President and Vice President of the United States. Today is an historic day, as VP Kamala Harris - the first woman, Black...

Dominica’s Story

Dominica’s Story

Dominica,* is a survivor of human trafficking and sexual assault. When Ayuda attorneys first met with Dominica, she was already attending regular check-in appointments with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Fairfax, Virginia, awaiting her...

Ayuda Condemns Final Rule that Seeks to Overturn Asylum in U.S.

Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2020) Ayuda condemns the final rule published in the Federal Register today that seeks to eviscerate asylum protections for bona fide refugees fleeing persecution abroad. The rule, which will go into effect on January 11, will deprive...

2020 Presidential Election Response

Ayuda extends a heartfelt congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their decisive victory. And special congratulations to Vice President-elect Harris for shattering so many glass ceilings and becoming the first female, the...

Judge Suspends Trump’s Rule Imposing Higher Immigration Fees

Judge Says Rule Likely Unlawful Because 'Arbitrary and Capricious,' Wolf Not Validly Serving as Acting DHS Secretary WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia late Thursday night granted a preliminary injunction suspending a...

Important Public Update on TPS

Updated 12/8/2020 TPS status and documents have been automatically extended for individuals with currently valid Temporary Protected Status from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal through Oct 4, 2021,...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Washington, DC (June 1, 2020) - As thousands of protesters take to the streets for the third day in DC, seeking justice and accountability, in a movement echoed in hundreds of cities across the US and the world, Ayuda stands against racism, as allies with our...

Language Access Program Vital to Area Nonprofits

Language Access Program Vital to Area Nonprofits

Ayuda provides language access services to 100 area nonprofits. One of those nonprofits recently described the importance of Ayuda’s Community Legal Interpreter Bank in helping a client: "Janelle* is an 18 year-old client from El Salvador. She had been working with...

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...

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