Idha fled India back to the USA with her son Ethan this past summer. Her husband has become so violent they feared for their lives. She was afraid he would come after her and Ethan in the USA.
Idha called us so we could help guide her on the next steps she needed to take to be able to keep her son in the USA. She and Ethan were American citizens, as was her husband, but she feared he would try to force her to take Ethan back to India.
We secured an attorney for Idha who had documented the abuse well. Without her husband's knowledge, she taped him while he went into rages on her phone.Her husband's attorney recommended he not fight Idha for custody, but just try to get visitation with Ethan in the USA.
Ethan began school in September and is doing really well. Idha is so happy to be back home with her family!
Because of donations like yours, battered mothers and their children can sleep in safe homes, far from violence.
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
Maribel has been safety planning with an AODVC case manager for nearly a year. Maribel and her son were the victims of extreme physical and verbal abuse. AODVC paid for a consultation with an attorney who specializes in Hague issues. AODVC was able to help Maribel and Manuel seperate from Manuel's father. The attorney recommended Maribel and her son Manuel keep living in Belize for the time being and not flee to the USA because of the Hague. AODVC was able to help Maribel and Manuel seperate from Manuel's father in Belize.
Even though Maribel and her son are still not able to leave Belize they no longer have to endure the abuse from her husband, and are safe. AODVC continues to help Maribel by providing her with an attorney to help her gain custody of Manuel and eventually come home to the USA.
It is because of your donations that AODVC is able to continue to work with Maribel, keeping mother and child together.
Michelle realized how dire her situation had become after years of escalating abuse from her husband in Israel. She knew she needed assistance to escape. Michelle always thought her husband would stop abusing her as he always apologized after becoming violent, crying and telling her he was sorrry. But then it would happen again.
After Michelle’s second daughter was born and the abuse continued she had to find a way out. She could not stand the thought of her daughters experiencing the same abuse she did. She called the hotline and spoke to one of our AODVC case managers. We helped her obtain the legal advice and provided the financial assistance she needed to flee the abouse and return to the United States with her two daughters.
It is because of your generous support that AODVC is able to keep battered mothers like Michelle and their children together!
It is because of your support that allowed nearly 20 families to have access to legal services. These families would otherwise not have been able to afford any legal representation to be able to keep their children with them in the USA after fleeing abuse from foreign countries or in foreign countries if they were unable to flee home.
Without your help battered American mothers like Julie would not be safe and have gained custody of her three children in the USA after she fled Germany. Rachel would not have been able to get the legal help she needed to keep her and her son safe in France. Kathleen and her daughter would not be safe at her mother's house and been able to defend a Hague petition.
Without access to any funds of their own, battered American mothers and their children desperately need legal services to ensure they can be safe and be legally able to keep themselves protected from abuse. Thank you for opening your hearts to desperate American mothers and their children in need.
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