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October 06, 2010
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According to her country’s custom, Faiza and her daughter remained with her ex-husband’s family after he abandoned them, moved abroad and remarried. They used Faiza to take care of the family’s other children and took all of the paychecks she earned cleaning hotel rooms. Her brother-in-law beat her several times, including when he learned that Faiza was keeping her tips. After Faiza and her daughter moved out, the in-laws told the probate court that Faiza and her husband were dead, and got legal guardianship of her daughter. Faiza's husband refuses to return their daughter’s birth certificate and passport to her. LAA is representing Faiza so that she and her daughter will remain together and safe.
Claudetta moved to the U.S. with her six-year old daughter, and had a son after marrying in the U.S. Claudetta eventually realized that her husband was sexually abusing both children. She filed for a divorce and a restraining order, but before the court date her husband disappeared with their son. After seven weeks, her husband called and said they would return only if she dropped the case. Claudetta sought the help of LAA because she wanted sole custody of her son and wanted to protect him from his father. As a result of our representation, Claudetta was granted sole custody and her husband is only permitted to see their son in a professionally supervised setting.
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