BENEFITING: SAHELI INC
EVENT DATE: Sep 28, 2017
Each year, significant numbers of South Asian women are abandoned overseas by their spouses “I felt completely helpless.” Varsha’s Story Varsha came to live in the US on an H4 visa with her husband and her child was born in the US. After 7 years of marriage, her husband abandoned her on a trip to Mumbai and left her without a passport for herself and her child. Her attempts to reach her husband failed repeatedly. After overcoming many obstacles, Varsha was able to return to her home in Massachusetts, US, only to find that the apartment was locked. She called 911 and with the help of the local police, Varsha was put in touch with Saheli Boston. Saheli obtained free temporary housing from an Indian motel owner in her local area. During this time, trained Saheli counselors worked with Varsha to regain her life and her confidence. A well-known South Asian lawyer advised Varsha of her legal rights in the US, and helped her to document the abuse she had experienced. Within a few months, she helped Varsha to obtain a special U visa and work permit reserved for women who can document domestic violence. Women from Saheli helped Varsha continuously over one year- finding the right lawyer, providing transportation, donating a laptop, and supporting Varsha with kindness and friendship. Today, we are happy to share the news with you that Varsha is working legally in the United States and on her way to a safe and secure life for herself and her child.