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Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Legal Services, Spouse Abuse Prevention

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: Ayuda offers a full range of legal, social, and language services for low-income immigrants from anywhere in the world. Our expert and dedicated professionals help our community’s immigrants navigate the immigration and justice systems, access the social safety net, and overcome language barriers. Since 1973, Ayuda’s support has transformed the lives of more than 100,000 vulnerable people – young “Dreamers,” survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, LGBTQ immigrants, and more.

Target demographics: the region's low-income immigrant community

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 8,700 individuals from more than 100 countries

Geographic areas served: Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland

Programs: More than one million of our neighbors in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC moved here from abroad with dreams of a better future. From the teenage boy who fled violence and death threats, to the mother who received a work visa from a local farm. These immigrants go to our children’s schools, provide essential skills for our businesses, and are vibrant members of our diverse communities. Yet, all too often, our neighbors do not receive equal levels of justice and protection. Ayuda offers a full range of legal, social, and language services for low-income immigrants from anywhere in the world. Our expert and dedicated professionals help our community’s immigrants navigate the immigration and justice systems, access the social safety net, and overcome language barriers. Since 1973, Ayuda’s support has transformed the lives of more than 100,000 vulnerable people – young “Dreamers,” survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, LGBTQ immigrants, and more. This comprehensive and welcoming approach breaks down barriers, helps those in need, and makes our communities stronger.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from #MyGivingStory

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.