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EVENT DATE: Sep 28, 2017

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 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. 

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