NATALIE'S JUSTICE—Her Justice extern from Akin Gump secures freedom and financial security for an abused mother and her daughter
When Natalie* met Dominick*, she lived in Jamaica and he lived in the United States, though he was a native of Guyana and maintained a house there. A year later he brought Natalie to Guyana, expressing his intention to build a life there with her. For the next seven years, Natalie lived in Dominick’s house in Guyana and he lived in the U.S., visiting her a few weeks each year. Eventually, Natalie and her daughter from a previous relationship joined Dominick in the U.S. and they were married.
Her Justice assigned her divorce case to an attorney from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP working full-time at Her Justice. For the next two years her lawyer fought tenaciously for Natalie’s rights, continuing to represent Natalie through the complicated divorce proceedings even after her externship at Her Justice ended and she returned to work at her law firm. Natalie’s attorney also prepared and filed her petition for a Battered Spouse Waiver under the federal Violence Against Women Act to obtain legal residency for Natalie, independent of her husband.
In addition, Natalie is now a citizen of the United States with the right to live and work in the U.S. and Her Justice is in the process of applying for citizenship for her daughter.
Natalie has earned her driver’s license, takes classes in nursing, and is currently pursuing her high school diploma. She lives with restored hope and confidence for her own future and that of her daughter, without the crippling insecurity and fear she once faced.
*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.