When Rosa was age 12, her mother was shot to death in her native Guatemala. Her father, a drug addict, routinely abused her both physically and emotionally. Eventually he abandoned his children, leaving Rosa and her siblings to fend for themselves. Rosa’s older siblings then began to physically abuse her and lock her out of their home. With no one to protect her, Rosa was sexually abused and attempted to end her life. Thankfully, she found the strength to escape her situation.

At age 17, she traveled alone to the United States seeking safety, was apprehended by immigration authorities and placed in detention. AI Justice helped Rosa get Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, which is a special visa for abandoned, abused and neglected children. Rosa now is a lawful permanent resident of this country and went to live with relatives in another state.


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About Us:

AI Justice is an award-winning non-profit law and advocacy firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants. In Florida and on a national level, we champion the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocate for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serve as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; and speak for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice.