Success Stories

Acquiring the Legal Tools to Set Herself Free

Empowered with the legal knowledge she learned and results she achieved through the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Nicole* is reclaiming the dreams she thought she had lost forever, including obtaining her college degree. In high school, she thought she met the love of her life, but Nicole’s life went from happy to horror-filled.
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Once Trapped Now She’s Free

With the blade of her husband’s butcher knife at her throat, Amara* pressed 911 but did not speak. Minutes later, the police came to investigate the suspicious call, but nobody, not Amara, not her young daughter who witnessed everything, talked. The officer said to her “you can tell me what happened,” but Amara was afraid
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Successfully Navigating the Military Maze

Mira* came to the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law at a low point in her life. Unable to work full-time due to a debilitating medical condition, Mira was helping in a convent in exchange for room and board. She was surviving on $1,000 a month in support from her earlier divorce. Little did she
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Living Without Fear

Happily settled in a new life, fortified by a college degree and a rewarding job helping others, Sarah* no longer lives in fear of her ex-husband. Sarah’s sexual abuse started after she became pregnant, and then the beatings and intimidation began.  Calling the police was unthinkable because her husband threatened to hurt her and their
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“Either you do something or I will.”

The desperation in her teenage son’s voice terrified Rosa*. “Either you do something or I will,” Gustavo* told her. Trapped in his father’s house after coming out as gay, Gustavo was shunned from their family table, forced to eat on separate plates and forbidden to use detergent and wash his clothes because he had “defiled”
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