My husband abused me and threatened me with deportation and losing my children. El Centro played a critical role in getting my life back.”

El Centro has played a very significant role in my life. I had been in an abusive relationship for five years. In 2017, the domestic violence I experienced became unbearable. I didn't know where to turn. El Centro had helped me with my DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) case, so I reached out to its staff for help.

My ex-husband not only physically attacked me but he also threatened me with deportation and told me I would never see my children again if I attempted to seek help. El Centro guided me in getting a restraining order against my husband. They also helped me with my VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), and this gave me hope that I could go forward with my struggle. 

Now I work in the finance industry and am able to provide for my children. It would have been much harder on me and my children if El Centro hadn't helped me. The staff guided me step by step. Their  compassion and support gave me hope. I am in a much better place now. It hasn't been easy, but slowly I was able to get my feet under me and provide for my children.

I thank the staff at El Centro for helping me put my life back together, helping me not only as a survivor of domestic violence but also giving me the resources I needed to build a good life for my children.

 

S.D.

 

“The staff at El Centro protected me and tirelessly fought for my case.”

El Centro helped me during one of the most difficult times in my life. They answered all my questions and even gave me a reduction in costs for the legal services I needed. Thanks to them, I was able to get my U visa approved due to being the victim of a serious crime in the United States.

They always treated me with compassion and fought like lionesses for my case. Even in court, when I feared that I would get deported, they were there to support me and make sure I was safe and able to get my case approved. I am very much thankful for all the help. 

 

R.J.