Success Stories

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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Father Preserves Precious Moments With His Daughter

This Father’s Day is a happy one for Robert*, a disabled young dad, who is able to see his daughter again thanks to the Harriett Buhai Center. For Robert, every moment with his daughter is precious. Facing a life-threatening illness at age 19, Robert has survived a heart transplant, a stroke and a compromised immune
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Mother’s day: A Family Celebrates Their Healing

After years of brutal abuse, Alma vowed to protect her children because they had witnessed their father’s savagery toward her and were traumatized by what they had seen.  After her husband threatened her with a knife, Alma fled with her 2 young children and lived in a motel for weeks.  Her husband was arrested after
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