“Alma” was born in El Salvador and met “Jose”, the father of her children there. One day Jose told Alma that he was going to the U.S. to work and would send money for her and the children but never did. Eventually, Alma decided to make the journey to the U.S. with their two children because one was very ill and Jose promised to make sure the child would get proper care.

Upon arrival Alma and her children were apprehended by border patrol and placed in deportation proceedings. While awaiting their court hearing, they lived with Jose who began verbally and physically abusing Alba. One day he punched her in the face, knocking her to the floor, dragging her by the hair to another room, and repeatedly kicking her. Alma finally found the courage to call the police and Jose was arrested. With AI Justice’s help, she filed for a U Visa and her case was approved. Alma and her children now have U.S. legal status and can live without fear of deportation or further abuse.