Ayuda is the only non-profit service provider in the area that offers a full range of immigration and family law assistance, social services, and language access support for low-income immigrants from anywhere in the world. Learn more about how our specialized services transform the lives of young “Dreamers,” survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, LGBTQ immigrants, and more.
For Immediate assistance please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
Of more than 16,000 human trafficking cases reported in the United States in 2016 and 2017, nearly 750 of those cases involve victims in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Many are women and girls induced into commercial sex or servitude through force, fraud, or coercion. Others are victims of labor trafficking who are forced to work against their will.
Ayuda’s expert legal services team helps these victims successfully access and navigate our justice and U.S. immigration system so they can obtain visas, work authorization, legal status, and justice.
Our social services team also provides comprehensive case management for trafficked persons. We assist clients with emergency and transitional housing needs, obtaining food and clothing, and providing referrals for medical and mental health needs. Once survivors’ basic needs are met, our team then assists clients to enhance their education and life skills by helping clients enroll in English language courses, computer courses, GED courses and job training programs.
Throughout the world, one in three women are victims of gender-based violence. These survivors require individualized support to overcome their trauma, access their legal justice, and rebuild their lives.
Ayuda’s Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program is a national model for holistic legal and social services in a culturally sensitive environment to low-income immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Ayuda offers holistic legal services in a culturally sensitive environment to low-income immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Immigrant victims are especially afraid of reporting domestic violence. They fear immigration detention and deportation for themselves, their partner, or their family, as well as the potential for losing custody of their children. Ayuda’s attorneys help hundreds of immigrant survivors navigate their options, obtain protective orders, and secure custody of their children so that they can rebuild their lives and raise their children in loving, safe homes.
Ayuda offers direct services and case management for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our social workers help clients secure emergency and transitional shelter, food, clothing, medical and mental health care for themselves and their children. We also provide individual and group therapy to help these survivors overcome the trauma they have experienced.
All too often, LGBTQ immigrants face stigma from their families and communities due to cultural and religious beliefs. Some come to the United States because of the persecution they face in their home country due to their actual or perceived sexual identity. Some are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking. All of them face the daunting task of building new lives in a country where they often don’t speak the language.
Ayuda offers specialized and supportive legal and social services to help meet LGBTQ immigrants’ unique needs. We ensure that their legal rights are upheld at the same standards as non-LGBTQ immigrants. Our social services team ensures that they can find supportive housing options, health services, and a community that will welcome them. Our staff have been trained to make our space welcoming to LGBTQ clients, including the use of symbols which indicate that our office accepts all individuals.
In the last two years, the DC metropolitan region has seen a drastic increase in the number of unaccompanied children and children with families immigrating here. Many of these children have experienced trauma or victimization, whether from violence in their home countries or within the family. There are also a significant number of “Dreamers” in our region — immigrant children who were brought here by their families and have lived in the U.S. for the majority of their young lives without legal status. These individuals are allowed to stay in the U.S. temporarily and are eligible to receive a work permit through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, this law is currently in jeopardy.
With few resources, and unfamiliar with the legal rights and the resources available to them, all of these children are uniquely vulnerable to exploitation, deportation, and revictimization.
Ayuda provides a unique holistic legal and social services program for immigrant child victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and other crimes. Immigrant children who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment, and other crimes may be eligible for a variety of legal remedies and social services, but most need assistance in accessing these remedies. Most child victims are not made aware of the services and protections available to them and remain in hiding, fearing deportation. Ayuda’s Staff Attorneys are well-versed in the special remedies available to child victims, and have extensive experience assisting children in obtaining legal immigration status. Additionally, Ayuda’s social services team help immigrant children in accessing needed services and educational resources. We also provide individualized support and therapy to neglected and vulnerable immigrant children.