Annual Report 2008

Overcoming Challenges, Making a Difference

Our Vision
Ayuda’s mission is to protect the legal rights of low income immigrants in the DC metropolitan area. We are the District’s leading source of multi-lingual legal and social assistance for low-income Latinos and foreign-born persons in immigration, human trafficking, domestic violence and family law. Our overall goals are to improve the ability of our clients to live safe, violence-free lives and become fully participating members of our community. Ayuda is recognized as a safe, trusted community organization to which immigrants can turn for culturally sensitive help to navigate the legal system, resolve their immigration status, and gain access to social service benefits.

Our Locations
Our general walk-in consultation hours are Thursdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in Washington, DC, and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in Virginia. For victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault our walk-in hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Ayuda 1707 Kalorama Road, N.W. Washington, DC 20009 Phone: (202) 387-4848 Fax: (202) 387-0324

Ayuda – Virginia 46950 Community Plaza Suite 213 Sterling, VA 20164 Phone: (703) 444-7009 Fax: (703) 444-2204

Message from

The Executive Director
Dear Friends, It is with much hope and pride that I send you Ayuda’s 2008 Annual Report. This year was a very challenging one for Ayuda, and yet we have weathered the storm and come out stronger. I am grateful to work with such a dedicated, capable, and flexible team. Every member of the Ayuda team—staff, Board, and supporters—devoted increased time, efforts, and ideas to meet our challenges and embrace new solutions. Ayuda is now a much stronger, smarter, and more intentional organization. We have realigned our priorities and our expenses to stay true to our mission and values, and to ensure our long-term success in supporting our immigrant community. The distribution of this Annual Report is just one of the many tangible changes you will see with Ayuda’s renewed commitment to fiscal discipline and transparency. I invite you to join with me in reviewing our challenges and successes detailed in this Annual Report. If you have more questions about Ayuda, I encourage you to reach out to any of our exceptional staff or Board members. We’re very proud of our accomplishments and would love to discuss them with you in more detail! I thank you for your support—past and present—and look forward to working with you for many years to come.


Christina Wilkes Acting Executive Director

Our Programs
• Immigration Remedies: Through weekly walk-in consultation hours, Ayuda offers direct legal consultations with an attorney and/or paralegal on a wide variety of family and humanitarian based immigration cases. Clients with a legal remedy can request full representation in filing applications or court representation. Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault: Ayuda offers comprehensive legal and social services for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our legal team offers assistance with temporary and civil protection orders and represents clients who need long-term legal support with divorce, child custody, and child and spousal support. Our social services staff provides crisis intervention, safety planning and comprehensive case management, as well as facilitates Hermanas Unidas (Sisters United), an on-going support group for Latina survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Human Trafficking: Ayuda provides victims of human trafficking with legal assistance in obtaining visas and advocacy in criminal cases against traffickers. Ayuda also provides social services to secure survivors’ emergency needs and access to resources. Ayuda staff conducts community outreach and trainings for law enforcement, service providers, and community organizations to identify and better serve victims of trafficking. Children’s Project: Ayuda provides immigrant children and youth with legal advice and representation in seeking asylum; special visas for abused, abandoned or neglected children; and visas for victims of crimes and human trafficking. Staff also conducts outreach and trainings aimed at identifying children needing services. Community Legal Interpreter Bank: Ayuda’s newest program, made possible through funding from the DC Bar Foundation, increases access to justice for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Limited English Proficient people by identifying, training, and providing interpreters for non-profit legal service providers in the District. Additional services include telephonic interpretation, translation services, and training for providers on working with professional interpreters. •

Our Accomplishments
Our comprehensive legal and social services enable low-income immigrants to rise above the obstacles they face and build better, more secure lives for themselves and their families. In FY2008 Ayuda: • • Opened a satellite office in Sterling, Virginia to serve the legal needs of immigrants who would have otherwise been unable to access our services. Launched the Llama Y Vive (Call and Live) campaign to combat human trafficking in the DC region. In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ricky Martin Foundation, and the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, Ayuda expects to reach 100,000 Latinos in the DC area through a confidential bilingual telephone hotline (1-888-NO-TRATA) and Spanish-language commercials, bus ads, community presentations, and articles in Latino newspapers. Launched the Community Legal Interpreter Bank. The Interpreter Bank provides legal interpreters to increase access to justice for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) community members. Through the Interpreter Bank, Ayuda recruits, trains, and assigns legal interpreters to legal services programs across DC. Provided legal assistance to over 3,500 low-income immigrants. This included 349 cases of domestic violence, 159 cases of unaccompanied/ undocumented immigrant children, 74 cases of human trafficking, and 41 cases of asylum. Ayuda also handled 239 work authorizations and 141 adjustments of status, helped with 168 renewals for Temporary Protected Status, and assisted in 75 naturalization cases. Referred more than 100 immigrants per month to partner agencies. Ayuda supports referred clients by ensuring that their basic needs are addressed including access to food, housing, medical care and counseling. Trained hundreds of professionals from partner organizations (police officers, school counselors, priests, nonprofit intake staff, teachers, etc.) to identify and better serve immigrants.

Our Clients
Ayuda’s clients are among the most vulnerable people in the Washington, DC region. They are among the working poor, living in families in which one or more members have a full time job, but with an income below 200% of the federal poverty line. Many struggle with low literacy and low English language levels. They face trauma from violence, separation from extended families, economic hardship, isolation from support network, a lack of awareness of social benefits, and a fear of deportation. Each week more than 200 immigrants contact Ayuda seeking assistance with a legal claim, protection from an abuser, or emergency social services. We work with people from all over the world, of all ages and genders. Each person has a story – Sebastian’s is just one of thousands. Sebastian came to Ayuda desperate. As a young child in his native Guatemala, he endured years of severe abuse and neglect at the hands of his parents. Their passing left him without a roof over his head and no one to protect or provide for him. Still a child with no means of supporting himself, Sebastian turned to the streets. Seeking escape from the violence and hardships of life on the streets, Sebastian made his way to the United States. In DC the foster care system placed him at the Latin American Youth Center, which referred young Sebastian to Ayuda for legal assistance. Ayuda accepted his case in 2005. At the time he had a final order of removal and was on the verge of being deported back to Guatemala, where he had no family, no safety net, and no hope of a better future. After three long years of hard work and legal wrangling, in June 2008 Sebastian was finally granted a green card. He is now an intelligent and energetic young man, with friends and support here in the US and high hopes for his future. There are hundreds of other abused and neglected immigrant children in the DC area that need our help to build better, safer, more secure lives for themselves. We are truly grateful to our donors, partners, and supporters for making it possible for Ayuda to provide them, and all other low income immigrants in and around the District – with the legal and social services they need to change their lives.

Our Financials
Ayuda Statement of Activities Years end September 30, 2007 and September 30, 2008 Revenue Foundation grants Government grants Program service fees In-kind contributions Contributions Indirect contributions Special events Investment income Miscellaneous 2008 $1,004,821 $388,958 $348,452 $1,494,497 $86,400 $41,723 $6,877 $175 $1,559 $33,730 $2,957 2007 $927,756 $269,914 $224,905 $725,666 $108,707

Total revenue



Expenses Program services General and Administrative Fundraising

2008 $3,125,848 $268,993 $92,242

2007 $2,010,328 $261,723 $40,738

Total expenses



Change in net assets



Net assets at beginning of year Net assets at end of year

-$102,291 -$190,373

$243,044 $217,505

Our Financials

Our Board and Staff
Board of Directors
Claudia Crichlow, Chair DC Office of Administrative Hearings Alvaro J. Mestre, Vice-Chair Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP Kristin L. Scotchmer, Treasurer Community Foundation for the National Capital Region George Walker, Secretary The Victory Fund/GLLI Monique Fridell US Department of Energy Karen Hanson Freedom Prize Foundation Christine P. Pieper Karen Litsinger Mirixa Corporation Mónica Palacio The Management Assistance Group Louis Ramos King & Spalding Jason Waite Alston & Bird, LLP Christina Wilkes Ayuda

Christina Wilkes, Acting Executive Director Laura Raymond, Development Associate Helen Sanchez, Intake Specialist and Receptionist Anya Sykes, Senior Staff Attorney Katerina Ehrlich, Immigration Attorney Paula Fitzgerald, Immigration Attorney Jennifer Podkul, Children's Project Attorney Alice Lugo, Family Law Attorney Eric Unternahrer, EOIR Accredited Immigration Representative Jackie Kelley, Immigration Paralegal AnneRose Menachery, Family Law Paralegal Renee Huffman, Social Services Director Jennifer Vargas, Social Worker Jean Bruggeman, Director, Community Legal Interpreter Bank Irfana Anwer, Deputy Director, Community Legal Interpreter Bank

Our Donors and Friends
$100,000 or more District of Columbia Bar Foundation Mousetrap Foundation Soza, William & Susan Steptoe & Johnson, LLC The Morrison & Foerster Foundation Verizon Wireless $50,000 - $99,999 Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation $1,000 - $4,999 Alston & Bird, LLP American University, Washington $25,000 – $49,999 Altria Corporate Services, Inc. Herb Block Foundation Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Taproot Foundation Trellis Fund United Way College of Law Brunner, Thomas & Rochelle Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church Coppi, Matildo & Laura Covington & Burling, LLP Cox Farms - Vienna, Inc. The DLA Piper Foundation Donado, Cristina Lopez and Jorge $10,000 - $24,999 Arnold & Porter, LLP Castro, Carlos Claudio, Mariano Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Hispanics in Philanthropy Inter-American Development Bank, IDB-DC Solidarity Fund Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, LLP Hughes Hubbard & Reed Kyle, Paul Maggio & Kattar, P.C. Miller & Chevalier Charitable Foundation National Council of La Raza Raben, Robert Ramos, Louis & Michelle Roos, Ana Sabagh, Denyse $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous Crowell & Moring Exline, Michelle Jovid Foundation Security One Bank Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP Sorto, Dorris Sosman, Alicia B. Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP $500 - $999 Attanasio, Donna Gonzalez, Maria E. Coughlin, Angela M. Kelley Grose, Marisa Perez-Grose & Peter K. Walker, George Kaye, Phyllis E. Tellez, Carlos M. & Rachel W. Cooper, Bo Crichlow, Claudia A. Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP Gilbert, Ronald Holland & Knight Horne, Doug Huertas, Daniel Hulbig, Ngoc Pham & Adam Alvaro J. Mestre and Edward A. Johnson Lasa, Monroig & Veve Lyman, Jennifer P. Martins, Jaime Michael, Mark Target Corporation Valdez, David Vega, Jaime Wiley Rein, LLP Wilmer Hale Women's Bar Association Foundation Wood, Judith L. World Bank Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP

Our Donors and Friends
Pieper, Christine A. Plocher, Mary Brittingham and David Pollak, Stephen Schneider, Lawrence A. Wrigley, Pamela Zeniklow, Daniel Hackett, Clifford Hammond, John Han, Lidia & Lucian D. Hanson, Margaret and James Hook, Melissa Hornig, Christopher W. Humphreys, Lori & David $100 - $499 Akman, Jerome & Susan Aragon Corporation of America Baach Robinson & Lewis PLLC Barbarasa, George & Maria Belanger, Maurice M. Bess, John D. Biel, Eric R. Blockstein, David E. Bloom, Natalie Brenneman, Diane M. & Lyle E. Callaghan, Sean Michael Campbell, Mark D. Pugliese and Susan Coleman, Homer R. & Carole B. Colton, Doug Dellon, James & Leslie Esselman, James Estrada, Lisa Ferrer, Aimee Flack, Christopher Freedman, Roberta Friedman, Abigail Gaddy, Joy A. Gonzalez, Rebecca Grossman, Claudio Haase, David & Maria Jerome, Richard Jovel, Carlos Nelson Kamasaki, Charles Kurtz, Keith LaBarge, Jr., J. Russell Laur, Barbara Litsinger, Karen Maack, Marcia McClenon, Paul McKay, Emily G. Melendez, Sara E. Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum Molinary, Ingrid L. Monderer, Howard & Claire Moossy, Robert Mott, Andrew & Gail Mutual of America Foundation Niederman, Leni Gonzalez & Lee Orr, Allen Ostrow, Ron & Alyce Padilla, James & Alice Parada, Nino Parr, Carolyn Miller Patten, Wendy L. Petcher, Rhett & Sarah Podkul, Theodore B. & Joan K Portlock, W. Ginevra Rocklin, Craig A. Sacks, Jeffrey Salih, Michael Sarchio, Christina Schroeder, Steve Schroth, Anne N. Smith, Martha K. Stack, Laura Stasco, Patricia Stephansky, Anne S. Stevens, Roberta Sykes, Anya Tropin, Mitchell Tubman, Ken & Ellen Tubman, Michael Underwood, Lorraine A. Valenstein, Susan & Carl Vasallo, Vivian The Washington Post Weddington, Jeffrey Wilkes, Lyndon & Marjorie Wilson, Jack Winder, Mary & John Wolchok, Carol L. Wrin, Evelyn & Bob Young, Ryan

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