‘Sara’ came to the U.S. a refugee from Sudan. No employment, no money, speaking limited English. After being assaulted by the father of her child, ‘Peter,’ Sara sought the services of the Legal Aid Society to protect herself against future abuse. The Legal Aid Society represented her at no cost, securing a protective order against Peter. Though free from the threat of violence, Sara was not yet free from Peter, who challenged Sara’s custody over their daughter. Afraid that she might lose her child to a labyrinth of court proceedings, Sara again sought out the Legal Aid Society, which represented her fully for a one-time fee of $50, settling the case pretrial, securing Sara full custody of her daughter and ensuring adequate child support from Peter. Sara now works full-time and is able to provide a violence-free home for her child.

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