Mission: We envision a community where all immigrants overcome obstacles in order to succeed and thrive in the United States. We realize our vision by advocating for low-income immigrants through direct legal, social and language services, training and outreach in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Results: In our 40th year, we are bringing back all those who have been part of our family. We are working hard to raise money so we have four more decades of flourishing immigrant individuals.
Target demographics: the region's low-income immigrant community
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2,000 individuals from more than 100 countries
Geographic areas served: Washington DC and Falls Church, vA
Programs: legal and social services on immigration and domestic violence issues affecting low-income immigrants. In recent years, Ayuda also launched projects to protect human trafficking victims, at-risk undocumented/unaccompanied children, and most recently, victims of notario fraud. Ayuda's staff is highly skilled and qualified to serve the low-income immigrant community. Since 1979, Ayuda has been a Recognized Organization by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA"), which identifies organizations that have knowledge and experience in immigration legal services. All of Ayuda's employees have the language capacity to serve clients in Spanish and some are able to communicate in French, Polish, Portuguese, and Japanese. Ayuda's talented and dedicated attorneys and paralegals possess comprehensive legal knowledge of immigration, family, domestic violence, and human trafficking law.
I give because nearly thirty years ago, my parents were brave enough to uproot our family and move to a new country with a new culture and a new language. Today, I am fundraising for an organization that provides legal support, social services, and language access for families in the DC metro area who are seeking to the provide their kids with a better future - just as my parents did for us.
In honor of #GivingTuesday, the money I raise for this fundraiser will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Facebook is waiving all fees. Please support this cause, and your donation will be doubled!
The dedication of the staff at Ayuda is incredible. They work long hours because they care about the both the cause of immigration legal services and the individuals they serve. As a board member, I am continually about the long hours and weekends that the staff puts in to provide high-quality services. The efforts clearly pay off in terms of results seen by clients.