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Mom and Baby

Luis’ mom escaped political persecution in Venezuela after being forced to participate in pro-regime activities. At the time, she was an engineer working for a government petroleum agency, her husband had left, and she was five months pregnant. She sought asylum in the United States where several months later, Luis was born.

Finding work, child care and a safe place to live was challenging, especially since she did not know anyone. However, through the service of Catholic Charities Family Connections, Family Immigration Services, and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, she found stable work and employment. Luis is safely in affordable daycare which allows her to work full-time.

While she awaits her asylum hearing, she is an active member of our community, legally working and paying taxes. She has been in ESL classes for several years where she is a star student. While she does receive some emergency support from Family Connections, she is proud that Luis is thriving, and that she has been able to integrate into our community. Catholic Charities stands in solidarity with this family and hundreds of others to fight against the odds.

At Catholic Charities, we respect everyone who comes to us for help. Many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names and images may have changed to protect their privacy.

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