Mila called us from the Phillipines last month. She and her daughter Sydney were both experiencing emotional and psychological abuse from her husband. Every evening her husband would drink and begin screaming at both Mila and Sydney, telling them how useless they were. He began calling them names. Then he began threatening violence to: teach them a lesson. Afraid, one night after her husband fell asleep, Mila called us.
We safety planned with Mila for several weeks. Finally, the opportunity came for Mila and Sydney to escape, get to the airport and fly home.
They are living with Mila's parents for now. Sydney is much better too! She is back to her smiling, happy self!
Thank you for rescuing Mila & Sydney!
We would also like you to know that we are changing our name from the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center to Pathways to Safety International, with the tag line: Empowering victims of interpersonal & gender based violence abroad.
This name better reflects the scope of work we do to help Americans experiencing violence abroad.
Thank you so much for your support! Paula Lucas, Founder & Executive Director
Monique went to Russia with the Peace Corps to create after school programs for children. This is how she met Ivan and they fell in love. Ivan and Monique’s relationship moved quite fast as she became pregnant in less than a year of knowing Ivan. Since Monique didn’t have much family back in the US, she decided to stay in Russia with Ivan where she would continue to work with Russian youth. Monique and Ivan where married just after the birth of their son, Dominik.
Ivan had a large family and they were very welcoming to Monique. However, over time, Ivan began having unrealistic expectations that were impossible for Monique to live up to. Ivan would become extremely angry when Monique was unable to get Dominik to stop crying, he would shout at her, and several times he locked them outside during the winter with no coats. Monique became fearful of what Ivan would do next, as he became increasingly more unpredictable.
Monique worked with an AODVC case manager for months safety plannin. When Monique made the decision to flee back to the US. AODVC provided her with money for travel documents she needed to bring Dominik to the states as well as the plane tickets.
Your donations made it possible for Monique and Dominik to escape danger and return safely to the US!
Logan first traveled to Hungary as a study abroad student, and fell in love with the culture. Logan decided to stay and work abroad. She lived in Budapest for five years, she met a man and fell in love. After moving in together, Logan’s partner began to drink incessantly. He would become angry and on several occassions he raped her. He would go to any length to intimidate her, and threatened to kill her if she left him.
Fearful, Logan realized she must leave Hungary for her safety. She contacted AODVC, AODVC case mangers worked with Logan to quickly get her home to the USA. Logan is living with her parents. She still loves Hungary and hopes to go back one day, but for now, she is happy to be home.
Your generous donations enable us to provide danger to safety relocations to American victims in need just like Logan!
Because of generous donors like you we were able to provide danger to safety transportation to 15 battered American mothers and thier children in 2016!
These families came from all over the world back to the USA for safety. Without your help battered mothers like Claire and her sons would not have been able to escape her abusive husband in Peru. Jessica would not have been able to escape Guatemala with her daughter and come home to live with her parents in Idaho. Tina would still be suffering with abuse in China if we didn't have the funds to bring her and her children home.
Without access to any funds of their own, battered American mothers and their children need this danger to safety project to ensure they return home to the USA. Thank you for opening your hearts to desperate American mothers and their children in need.
Claire was living in Morocco with her husband and two daughters Aria and Ella for a year when she called us. Her husband had become so emotionally abusive since they moved to Cassablanca for his job and when it turned physical she knew she needed to get out and come back home. Claire did not want Aria and Ella to grow up thinking calling someone names and screaming at them was normal. Even though the girls didn't see their father hit their mother, Claire didn't want to risk the girls being further traumatized.
Claire worked with one of our case managers, Pamela. Pamela was able to help Claire secure airline tickets for herself and the girls and they flew back home just last week. They will be staying with Claire's parents through the holidays.
Supporters like you that care about safely getting battered American women and their children home to the USA enable us to do this life saving work! Thank you. The AODVC Team
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