Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON)
Lucrecia Sanchez (not her real name) fled Guatemala in 1998 after receiving numerous death threats as a result of her work in the fight for women's rights. The "coyote" that helped her enter the US sold her to a man who then held her hostage in his apartment for several months, raping and forcing her to work for him. She escaped with the help of a neighbor, but she has continued to receive threats from her former captor over the last decade.
Even after her escape, life as an undocumented immigrant in the US was little better than the one she left in Guatemala. She lived a life of quiet desperation and was repeatedly victimized by employers.
In April 2008, based on Lucrecia's experience as a sex slave upon her arrival in the US, JFON gathered the necessary proof that she had been subjected to human trafficking. After much perseverance, Lucrecia's application for a T-Visa (trafficking victim) was granted in July 2009. After the grant of the T-Visa, the deportation case against her was closed and she is now able to live in peace and security in this country.
You can help people like Lucrecia by giving to Justice For Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285.