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. 

We represent immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and other violent crimes.

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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 infromed approach that takes into account the unique needs of each survivor.

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TRAINING AND OUTREACH

VIDA trains nationally and internationally on improving access to justice for 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 all over the world.

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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

VIDA IS LIFE!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

01.19.2017

 

FLORIDA CREWLEADER PLEADS GUILTY TO SLAVERY CHARGES

 

 

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month in the US.  According to the ILO there are 20.9 million people in the world living in modern-day slavery.  In Miami-Dade county two crewleaders who among other tactics used debt bondage, force, and threats of force and deportation, to keep migrant farmworkers enslaved were convicted for conspiring to commit forced labor and other related crimes.

 

This case is a sad reminder that human trafficking is not only connected to the sex industry but also includes the use of forced, fraud or coercion to compel a person to provide labor or services.  Thanks to all agencies and individuals involved in the investigation, prosecution, and service provision in this case.  This conviction and sentencing sends a strong message that there is justice for some of the more vulnerable and marginalized individuals in our community.

 

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/two-mexican-nationals-sentenced-prison-participating-forced-labor-scheme-0