Meeting the challenges of today’s survivors
When Jenna arrived at the emergency safe haven, she feared for the safety of her three children and did not know where to turn to for help with her legal status as an undocumented immigrant. Thanks to you, Jenna was granted asylum and her family can finally thrive.
Your support makes stories like Jenna’s possible.
Jenna had been living with her abuser since she arrived from West Africa five years earlier. Her passport had expired several years ago. In addition to severe physical and emotional abuse, her husband prevented her from accessing information about her immigration status and learning English in order to maintain power and control. She desperately fled her home, leaving all her belongings behind.
While at the safe haven, Jenna worked with Women Against Abuse Legal Center staff to file for and obtain a Protection From Abuse Order and legal custody of her children. Her children grew quickly – her oldest was rapidly learning how to speak (and sing!) in English, and the twins were crawling and developing into healthy and happy babies. Jenna worked with her case manager to apply for transitional housing and was accepted into Women Against Abuse’s Sojourner House, where she and her children could live and rebuild for 18 months.
While at Sojourner House, Jenna was able to continue her work with the Legal Center and immigration attorneys until she was granted asylum. She was able to access resources and support from the West African community in Philadelphia, and benefits from welfare with her newly-documented immigration status. She soon found work, her oldest child flourished in a new school, and the twins began to walk.
Every day, your support makes stories like Jenna’s possible.
Jenna’s strength and determination were clear and present throughout her time with Women Against Abuse. She was able to create a strong foundation to meet the needs of herself and her children. But there are many more survivors looking for a safe place to turn.
Your support has made a real difference for Jenna and her children. Make a gift today to help others like her find the safety they need.