Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors

by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Last year you helped provide 16 battered mothers and their children life-saving danger to safety flights back to the USA! That is one relocation almost every three weeks. Our case managers work hard to navigate victims to safety from foreign countries, but it is your donations that make these flights possible.

Here is part of an email we received from one of the battered mothers you helped:

"I was so afraid when I left the house with Katie while my husband was sleeping. But the taxi you called was right there. When he took me to the airport and we boarded the flight it felt unreal. I am safe now with family and we are starting our lives over. Katie loves playing with the neighbors dog. It is so nice to have some normality in our lives. You are my angels..."

I personally know how important your donations are to victims in need. If you are interested in learning more about why I founded the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, you can read the first chapter of my memoir for free at www.harvestingstonesbook.com

I can't thank you enough for chosing our project to donate to on Global Giving. Warmest wishes always, Paula

When a domestic violence victim leaves the abuser it is the most dangerous time of a victims life; the time when a lethality is most likely to occur. Getting victims out of homes quickly and to a secure place is vital to their safety. Without your support, this would not be possible.

Here is a quote from a victim you helped this year: "I was so afraid my husband was going to kill me and my baby when he came home from work that day. The Embassy said they couldn't help me, but said to call you. I could not believe that within two hours you had me in a hotel, safe, then I was on my way home the next day. I know you saved our lives. I don't know how I can ever repay you. Thank you."

For those of you who already give recurring donations to our danger to safety relocation for DV survivors program, we thank you so much. For those of you who have not given recurring donations, please consider becoming a recurring donor between December 20th and December 31st and Global Giving will match your December donation 100% as long as the recurring donation lasts four months.

If you give $50 a month for four months, your $200 becomes $250!

We sincerely thank you for your support and wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday.

The AODVC Team

Harvesting Stones Cover
Harvesting Stones Cover

First I want to personally thank you for your support of our Danger-To-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors program. This program is critical to the safety of the American victims we help get back to the USA.

As a supporter, I also wanted to let you know that I have published my memoir, Harvesting Stones, An American woman's international journey of survival, almost 15 years after escaping Dubai.

If you are interested, my memoir goes into detail of why I was compelled to start the organization. To read the first chapter for free please go to www.harvestingstonesbook.com

For the launch on October 7th, the kindle version will be available on amazon.com at a discounted price of only $2.99. 

Folks that buy Harvesting Stones between October 7th and October 17th, and leave a review, will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. On October 18th we will pick the lucky winner!

I truly appreciate your belief in my vision and our mission. Warmest wishes, Paula


Getting out of Egypt is difficult these days if you are not being abused.When Marie called and said she had a window of opportunity to get out of her home, we faced multiple challenges just getting her and her child to the airport safely. After three months of safety planning, advocacy and case management, Marie and her child are home safe in the USA.

Political unrest is an added layer of difficulty we encounter when we are helping abused American mothers flee back home to the USA with their children to seek safety. A danger to safety relocation can take months, and involve six or seven different agencies and 'eyes on the ground.' A relocation such as Marie's means case managers have to be available around the clock for the 24 to 48 hours coordinating every aspect of travel, ground transportation and hotel or shelter stays along the way until the final destination is reached.

Without support of donors like you rescuing American mothers and children would not be possible.

Thank you for your belief in our mission! Warmest wishes, Paula

When Alisah moved overseas with her husband James she never thought she would need help. As James became more and more violent she looked desperately for resources. In April of this year Alisah found the Danger to Safety Relocation for DV Survivors on GlobalGiving and called us. Within six weeks we were able to get Alisah and her six month old daughter home, thanks to your generous donations.

Here is a note from Alisah: I know you don't know me but I want to thank you for helping me. I didn't think anyone cared and I was left on my own to escape. But here I am safe back in the USA with my daughter because of you. I thank you with all my heart.


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Organization Information

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.866uswomen.org
Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States
$27,819 raised of $40,000 goal
531 donations
$12,181 to go
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