ABOUT VIDA

 


voices for immigrant defence & advocacy

Legal Assistance , Inc. (VIDA), is a non-profit organization with 501 (c) (3) status.

 

 

 

 

HISTORY

VIDA was founded in 2011 by María José Fletcher, Mercedes V. Lorduy, Ana Isabel Vallejo, Viviana Stubbe, and Sabrina Salomon.

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MISSION

To advance the rights of immigrant survivors.

VIDA mainly represents immigrant survivors of violent crimes, particularly domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, and trafficking in persons (modern-day slavery/forced labor).

 

 

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TEAM

Our team is comprised of committed and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about VIDA's mission.

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ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE

VIDA is the only legal services organization in South Florida with the sole purpose of helping immigrant survivors of violent crimes.

We employ a multi-disciplinary rights-based, trauma informed, holistic approach that takes into account unique needs of each survivor.
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TRAINING, OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY

VIDA provides training nationally and internationally on issues related to assisting immigrant surviors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  We have trained thousands of law enforcement officials, judges, legal and social service providers and government officials in the US, Mexico, Peru, Nepal, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Morocco, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador, Brazil and Uruguay.

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HOLISTIC SERVICES

VIDA partners with community orgranizations to provide further advocacy, referrals, care coordination, emergency releif funding and services, shelter, life skills training, healthcare access, empowerment support groups, counseling, and other legal services which fully support survivors and encourage self-sufficiency.

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VIDA IN ACTION

17.11.2016

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Donate today to VIDA Legal Assistance.  Help us continue advancing the rights of the most vulnerable, immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking (forced labor and sex trafficking) and other violent crimes.  Experience the joy of giving that adds happiness and wellness to your heart and others!  To donate: https://givemiamiday.org/npo/vida-legal-assistance-inc  #GiveMiamiDay

 

 

03.10.2016

Uruguay addresses the issue of human trafficking.

 

Uruguayan attorney Maria Jose T. Fletcher, co-director and founder of VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc. was invited by the US Embassy in Uruguay (in 2015) at the request of the Uruguayan Attorney General’s Office to provide workshops on Responding to Human Trafficking to prosecutors, attorneys, and civil society.  Additionally, Ms. Fletcher had provided and continues to provide technical assistance to the Uruguayan government in the drafting of legislation related to the subject.

 

 

This year, the specialist returned to Uruguay to conduct other workshops.  During her busy tour schedule, she could discuss with LA REPÚBLICA about her work in our country and her impressions about the work we have done as a nation to combat this problem [human trafficking].  To see full article in Spanish visit:

http://www.republica.com.uy/uruguay-esta-preocupado-se-esta-ocupando-del-tema-trata-personas/583528/