Thanks to your generous support and donations, ADVCL was able to provide advocacy and referrals to 33 survivors (21 of whom were new callers) from or on behalf of 28 different families (19 of whom were new) in March 2009. We received 93 calls, emails and faxes from 14 different countries.
In March 2009, ADVCL also expanded its global reach and received calls from three new countries: Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, and Nicaragua. An important part of ADVCL’s mission is to reach survivors around the world and let them know they are not alone.
Also in March, ADVCL provided relocation assistance to two families. Many survivors overseas are physically and financially isolated, and sometimes forced to flee without their children. In March, ADVCL reunited a mother with her four children whom she was forced to leave behind in the Middle East in order to escape to the US. We also assisted a mother with having visitation with her daughter who, because of a custody hearing, remains in Europe.
Finally, a client who has an ongoing international family law case wrote the following message to our Crisis Line Advocate Caitlin McGuan:
“I cannot tell you how much your support and guidance has meant to me. This has been the most harrowing experience of my life. I know that this is a long way from over, but I now will have an intelligent person sitting next to me in court. The thought of representing myself was heart stopping, especially knowing that my husband would be sitting there glaring at me the whole time, just wishing I'd screw up - which of course I would have.
Thank-you from the bottom of my heart for all your help. I don't think I would have made it without you. You pushed me further than I could have gone by myself and I will be eternally grateful to you. The service you provide is invaluable and I'll pray that the Lord watches over you for the rest of your life.”
These are just a few examples of how your donations can shape and change the lives of American survivors overseas. Thanks for your support!