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May 31, 2014
SURVIVOR OF:
child abuse

When Lidia* discovered her husband had sexually exploited her daughter, she risked everything, including the life she has worked so hard to build in the United States, to do the right thing.

She reported her husband’s abuse to the authorities, and she left her home with her three children.

Lidia knew the consequences of her action: She would have no means of support and nowhere to live. She did it anyway, for the safety and well-being of her daughter and other young girls.

Lidia’s husband was convicted and deported. Lidia was left with no source of financial support, and soon lost her home. She bounced from one place to another and struggled every day to care for her three children, including one who is wheelchair bound with severe cerebral palsy. Lidia’s daughter can’t breathe or eat on her own and requires 24/7 care.

Local homeless shelters were unable to take in Lidia and her children, who are U.S. citizens, because of her daughter’s disabilities.

Tahirih Justice Center reached out to our supporters, who donated enough funds to cover the cost of Lidia’s stay in a hotel. Meanwhile, Tahirih’s legal team worked with Lidia to secure her legal status and ability to work, two roadblocks that prevent her from full self-sufficiency.

Despite the extreme challenges she has faced since turning in her husband, Lidia is glad she sought justice.

“I am glad that I reported the crime because if I didn’t I believe that even more severe harm could have happened,” Lidia told a local TV station.

Today, Lidia and her children live in an apartment, and they are rebuilding their lives in safety and with dignity.

Names may have been changed to protect client privacy and safety. Photo may not depict actual client.

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