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Story of Justice: Imelda*

Imelda* is a 37 year-old mother of two, who was referred to CCLA by a local police department’s victim advocate. Seriously injured during a domestic violence incident, Imelda had been stabbed numerous times and hospitalized for 16 days. Her hands were so severely cut that she had no use of either hand and was unable to complete the Petition for Injunction by herself. The victim advocate brought Imelda to CCLA where staff attorneys prepared and filed the Petition for Injunction.

Imelda was married to the abuser and had filed a spousal petition with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Her husband had been arrested by local law enforcement and was in custody on a charge of attempted murder. Imelda was successful in obtaining a Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection until Further Order, with our assistance.

In the meantime, Imelda remained fearful that her husband would post bond and return to harm her, regardless of the Injunction in place. The CCLA attorney convinced Imelda’s homeowners’ association to allow her to break her lease, and we secured alternate safe housing for her.

CCLA attorneys initiated a Dissolution of Marriage action on Imelda’s behalf, and completed an affidavit for Imelda to withdraw her Spousal Petition with ICE. The affidavit was accompanied by the Final Judgment of Injunction, photos of her injuries, the husband’s arrest and probable cause affidavits, and copies of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.  We also were able to facilitate a same day appointment for Imelda with ICE.

Imelda’s husband has since plead guilty and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. He is subject to removal from the country once he completes his sentence. 

*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.