Ramona’s father and brothers physically and emotionally abused her throughout her childhood in her home country. They poured boing water on her, whipped her with wire cords, kept her as an unpaid servant and refused her any education. They also refused to allow her to marry. As an adult, the physical abuse continued, neighbors did nothing and her future in her home country was bleak, with only physical abuse and long, hard physical labor ahead.
Then, Ramona’s father sent her to the United States to care for a relative and to work, without pay, in a family gas station. Ramona sought help the Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants program (LSI). LSI filed an asylum petition for Ramona and an immigration judge granted her request for asylum as an immigrant victim of domestic violence. The client now has control of her life and doesn’t have to live in fear.