Originally from the Philippines, Joanna dated an American citizen for many years before she agreed to marry him and move to the United States. He made many promises and assurances, and even helped her submit paperwork for a Green Card. After Joanna arrived in the United States, her husband denied access to the outside world and even limited her movement to certain rooms in the home. Eventually, Joanna was able to connect to resources at Legal Aid. A pro bono attorney with Broward Lawyers Care represented her in her divorce and negotiated a lump sum payment of $17,000 from her ex-husband, plus $730 per month in alimony. Joanna intends to use the funds to pay for her education, with the goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.