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International Legal Assistance for Abused Women

by Pathways to Safety International Vetted since 2008 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified
International Legal Assistance for Abused Women


Americans abused abroad have difficult legal issues, including protracted international custody cases, divorce, and Hague petitions for which no public defense is provided.

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Americans abused abroad are faced with difficult legal issues, including protracted international custody cases, restraining orders, and may be served a Hague petition for international child abduction. If a survivor is served with a Hague petition, she is not eligible to receive foreign and/or US government provided legal assistance although the abuser is. Without adequate legal assistance, the survivor and/or her children risk being forced to return to the foreign country with the abuser.


AODVC assists survivors in locating experienced international family law attorneys and provides survivors with up to $1,000 in financial assistance.

Long-Term Impact

A survivor will have proper legal representation to help prevent the survivor and the children from being returned, either together or alone, to an abusive situation.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


AODVC Website

Organization Information

Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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