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Help Rebuild Our Interpreter Fund

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October 06, 2010

Domestic violence victims who cannot speak English are particularly isolated and dependent on their abusers. Help us help them.  See more

THE STORY:

Many of our domestic violence clients are immigrant women who do not speak English. The language barrier makes it more difficult to seek help from the police or social service agencies. Many of these women do not have family or a support system in the U.S. They are completely isolated and dependent on their abusers. Although the courts provide interpreters for the actual court hearings, LAA must pay for interpreters whenever our attorneys meet with clients who do not speak English. We also send our own interpreters to court so attorney and client may communicate confidentially during the proceedings. A few years ago, thanks to the generosity of several donors, an interpreter fund was established at LAA. Unfortunately, the fund is running low. We need your help to keep providing free legal services to low-income victims of domestic violence, regardless of what language they speak, victims like Faiza and Claudetta:

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.

Donations may also be made by check or via our organization's website, www.nhlegal.org. Thanks for your support!

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