Eustacio spent 14 years in Cuba’s jails as a political prisoner before being admitted to the United States in 2000 as a refugee. In October 2010, he faced losing his monthly federal disability income because the law terminates this benefit unless the refugee naturalizes within seven years after arrival. Unaware of this law, he received notification from Social Security warning that his benefits were about to end. Unable to afford an attorney or the $595 naturalization fee, Eustacio felt helpless.
A friend then told him about AI Justice, where the staff obtained temporary restoration of his benefits while pursuing his naturalization case and a waiver of the $595 fee. Eustacio was sworn in as a U.S. citizen in November 2010.