Success Stories

Keeping Ellie Safe

Alex* cherishes his little girl, Ellie*, who loves to dance and talks to everyone she meets. No one would know that she has a heart problem that needs surgery. With assistance from the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Alex will now be able to assure Ellie gets the medical care she needs. Young Parents
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Finding Peace for Her Family

After Laura* got a restraining order against her husband, she thought her family could settle into a safer and peaceful life without her husband’s jealous and abusive rages. But, the abuse did not stop. He defied the order repeatedly and threatened to hurt her or kill her. He accused her of turning the children against
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Gaining Back Her Dignity

Gwen* came to the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law with her “heart in her hand” as she describes her desperate situation. In her senior years with serious health concerns, her husband abandoned her and refused to provide any support. With the help of the Center, Gwen regained financial stability and got back some of
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“This will be the start of me going forward with my life.”

These are the thoughts Tanya* had when she first met with the lawyer from the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law on the campus of her community college. With the Center’s free legal help, she felt that this would be the sustenance she and her children needed to finally end the violence in their world.
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The Community College Connection

Angela’s* Story Today, buoyed by confidence she never thought she would have, Angela is a community college graduate at age 43. After moving with her kids, she is embarking on a four-year degree program at a UC campus. When she graduates, she plans to work with at-risk women and youth, which she once was. She
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