MARIANA'S JUSTICE—Tenacious Hughes Hubbard team obtains citizenship for abused Dominican woman
Six months after Mariana*, a native of Dominica, married Jose, a U.S. citizen, he began to abuse her. He had always been possessive and, after Mariana discovered that he had a child with another woman, he became increasingly abusive. His verbal abuse escalated to physical violence and sexual assault, including rape and attempted strangulation. Mariana was afraid to leave Jose because her immigration application for permanent legal residency was contingent on her marriage to him. Finally, she could no longer risk her life by staying with him and she fled. She sought help at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center and found Her Justice.
The Hughes Hubbard team continued working on her behalf, and Mariana is now a U.S. citizen.
*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.