When we arrived in the United States in 2012, I told my daughter, “Finally, we will have a chance to live and be safe,” and started the journey to find legal assistance.
At first, I found a private attorney who asked me for $5000 to work on my case. I did not have the money, so I wanted to give up. But I knew legal assistance was important to me being able to work and start an independent life, so I kept going. That was when I got connected to Tahirih, who accepted my case free of charge.
In addition to working on my case, Tahirih assigned me a social worker who gave me information on clinics and community centers, libraries, and information for food assistance. They also connected me with doctors who provided me with medical care.
There were many times I wanted to give up and not continue with the case. Some days it was too painful to remember everything I went through before I got here. But in addition to helping me with my legal case, Tahirih gave me the support to continue. They did not give up on me.
Tahirih helped me obtain a green card, and then I was able to have a full-time job. Now, I am able to provide for my children. I would not be where I am today if it were not for Tahirih’s dedication to provide me with legal, social, and moral support. Tahirih was there for me when I needed them the most – when I was at the lowest point of my life.