Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors

by Pathways to Safety International
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors

In 2017 your donations helped us help provide life saving danger to safety relocation for 14 abuse victims. Whether airline tickets, bus tickets or taxi fares, without support, these victims would have not been able to escape abuse.

Mandy and her daughter Silvie were two victims you helped escape Mexico. Mandy fled in the middle of the night with Silvie while her abusive husband slept. We had arranged a taxi to meet Mandy & Silvie at a designated area. From there, the taxi took them to a Western Union where we had wired money for bus tickets. Then the taxi took them to the bus station.

It was a long 36 hour bus ride, but they made it to Mandy's parents house, happy to be safe.

Thank you so much for your support to this project!

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Just over one year ago we sent donors like you a project report on Dina. We had helped her escape her abusive husband in Morocco while she was pregnant.

We wanted to let you know that Dina, and her baby son Alix, are going great. We are always happy when women we have helped write to us and let us know how they are doing long after we have provided critical danger to safety relocation.

Dina is working as a graphic design artist and loves it! Her mom watches Alix and loves her grandson so much! Alix was the cutest fox ever for Halloween!

We are so happy for Dina and wanted to thank you again for helping her!

This holiday season, if you are looking to help another battered American mother and her children abroad come home, please consider help Elle get home with Jacoby, who is also trapped in Morocco.


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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

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Monique & Dominik
Monique & Dominik

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!

Thank you so much for your support!

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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!

Thank you for your support!

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Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States
$41,778 raised of $75,000 goal
845 donations
$33,222 to go
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