The monumental triumph of escaping abusive environments often demands everything from survivors.
Human Rights Initiative is here to help.
“I learned that the number one driving force for those leaving abusive relationships is legal help. I found Human Rights Initiative (HRI). They not only helped with my legal case, but listened to my story without judgment. They reminded me that I was no longer a victim–I was now a victor! I received legal relief through the Violence Against Women Act. HRI helped me to find my voice. Today I am a successful small business owner, married to my best friend. This is true freedom.” – former HRI client
Experts say that 1 in 4 women will suffer from violence and abuse at the hands of an intimate partner or family member in their lifetimes. For women living in the United States without legal status, the threat of deportation often discourages reporting abuse and seeking help. American immigration law provides a path to citizenship for women abused by husbands and partners, but women must know their rights and feel safe coming forward. Even when they do, they often must contend with language barriers, distance from family, and a lack of access to transitional aid to help them get back on their feet.
For these women, legal status is freedom– from abuse, from living in the shadows, and from restrictions on employment, education, and social services.
For 20 years, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas has provided life-changing legal and social services to immigrant survivors of violence. We only serve those living below the federal poverty line, and we never charge for any of our services.
How do we help?
- We provide legal representation and help obtaining employment authorization and legal residency (Green Cards).
- We offer social services to help clients cope and secure housing, food, medical care, and other essentials.
- We also provide ESL, family wellness, and job readiness classes.
YOU make all this possible.
Undocumented women who report violent crime or leave abusive relationships are strong, brave, and resourceful, but they need to know that they will be heard and believed. They need to know that they are not alone. They need YOU.
If you are in the Dallas area and would like to join the hundreds who volunteer each year as attorneys, translators, mentors, experts, and other helpers, or if you would just like to know more about our work, please see: www.hrionline.org
Wherever you are, your contribution of any size makes a difference. Because of our extensive volunteer network, HRI will provide $3 in services for every $1 donated, and 95% of everything we receive goes directly to programs.
Thank you for offering solidaridad and a road to freedom from violence!
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