Ayuda (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz
  • Title:Program Initiatives Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Ayuda
  • Address:6925B Willow Street NW
    Washington, DC 20012
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2023874848
  • Main fax:2023870324

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  • Mission:
  • Ayuda envisions a community where all immigrants overcome obstacles in order to succeed and thrive in the United States. Our mission is to advocate for low income immigrants through direct legal, social and language services, education and outreach in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

  • Overview:
  • For more than forty-two years, Ayuda has been addressing hardships and trauma that low-income immigrants in the region face as they strive to build their lives. Issues many immigrants confront include the following:
    Obstacles to Legal Immigration: Documented and undocumented immigrants are overwhelmed by a complex U.S. immigration system. Without the certainty of their immigration status, families are deprived of educational, medical and other public benefits that could help them build their American dream.
    Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: More than 30,000 reports of domestic violence, the equivalent to one call every 17 minutes, are made in the Washington region annually. Those calls report hitting, strangling, torture, forced sex, and captivity.
    Human Trafficking: Annually, hundreds of D.C. area women and girls, as well as men and boys, are coerced into forced labor, sex, and servitude. Traffickers profit while victims suffer abuse, impoverishment, and despair.
    Notario Fraud: Immigrants fall prey to notarios públicos who pose illegally as licensed attorneys and charge immense fees for deceptive information that harm rather than help immigrant families seeking legal remedies.
    Language Isolation. Immigrants experience confusion and profound isolation due to language barriers. Without communication, basic services are beyond reach. Long-term consequences include illness, homelessness, and poverty.
    Program Overview
    The Washington, D.C. metropolitan region has seen a steady growth of immigrants in the past three decades. Many of them are trained and highly educated. But many others are considered among the “working poor.” They live in families in which one or more members have a fulltime job but earn income 300 percent below the federal poverty guidelines.

    Approximately 55 percent of Ayuda’s client population lives in the District of Columbia, 25 percent in Maryland, and 20 percent in Virginia. Clients are 70 percent Latino and the remaining 30 percent come from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Through our 42-year history, Ayuda has been at the forefront in giving voice to immigrants, empowering individuals to lead safe, violence-free lives.

    With Ayuda, immigrants access justice to stop the abuse and improve their lives. We help victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault flee from their abusers. We assist low-income immigrants navigate a complex legal immigration system. We give voice to those facing isolation because of language barriers. We advocate for victims of fraudulent notarios públicos to receive restitution, repair the damage done to their cases, and work to prevent those notarios from continuing their practice. We are assisting unaccompanied minors with legal representation and case management.

    Ayuda has been saving and rebuilding lives by helping immigrants remove obstacles to creating sustainable livelihoods. We offer holistic legal, social, and interpretation services to the local immigrant community in the Washington metropolitan region, providing programs that include legal representation for low-income immigrants; social services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking; language access services to free clients from language isolation, and Project END to eradicate notario fraud.
    In 2015, Ayuda:
    • provided legal assistance in 3,531 legal matters;
    • completed 209 Special Immigrant Juvenile cases;
    • completed more than 186 U and T visa cases for crime and human trafficking, domestic violence and assault victims;
    • submitted 317 cases for lawful permanent residence;
    • completed representation in 34 citizenship cases;
    • represented 450 matters around domestic violence;
    • provided social services to 162 victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault;
    • provided case management services to 65 domestic violence victims, 52 trafficking victims, and 30 unaccompanied minors;
    • launched the Emergency Services and Victims of Crime Interpretation Bank;
    • facilitated 220 interpretation sessions through the legal and victims of crime interpretation banks; and
    • facilitated interpretation for 222 LEP/NEP/Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.

  • History:
  • Ayuda envisions a community where all immigrants overcome obstacles and thrive in the United States. Our mission is to advocate for low-income immigrants through direct legal, social and language services, education, and outreach, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
    Ayuda began in 1971 as a general civil legal clinic at The George Washington University Law School and became a separate nonprofit corporation in 1973. In response to political turmoil in Central America in the 1980s and the immigration reforms of 1986, Ayuda shifted focus to meet the rising need for immigration services. Thereafter, due to the unique needs of immigrant survivors of domestic violence, Ayuda launched a Domestic Violence Program and was a strong voice in the development of the Violence Against Women Act. Ayuda is a legal trailblazer working with children, one of the first agencies in the country to successfully petition for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for youth, and is often called upon to provide expert opinion in children's cases.
    In 2007, Ayuda launched a Community Legal Interpreter Bank (CLIB) to ensure that low-income, limited English speaking, and deaf/hard of hearing individuals can access justice in the language they know best. The CLIB is the first interpreter program in the United States to provide professional training to interpreters on attorney-client relationship and legal representation. The Bank now serves 27 legal services providers and includes 100 legal interpreters that speak more than 40 languages (including American Sign Language). Ayuda was also proud to launch the Emergency Services and Victims of Crimes Interpretation to ensure that victims service providers have the means to offer their services and that clients understand what is transpiring whether they are being attended during forensic examination, receiving emergency medical care, or reporting crimes to investigators.
    Ayuda launched the first legal project in the country to serve victims of immigration consultant fraud (also known as “notario” fraud). Low-income immigrants, often desperate for assistance, fall prey to notarios públicos who pose illegally as licensed attorneys and charge immense fees for deceptive information that harm rather than help immigrant families seeking legal remedies.
    Through a 42-year history, Ayuda has been at the forefront of giving voice to immigrants, empowering individuals to lead safe violence-free lives, and transforming communities for the benefit of all.

  • Year established:1973
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:36


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:52-0971440

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:520971440
  • Organization Name:AYUDA
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:6925B WILLOW ST NW
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20012-2023
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1973
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):408, 462, 569
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Community service organization, Legal aid to indigents, Referral service (social agencies)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:P840
  • Asset Amount:$1,165,255
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,162,355
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,147,005
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 11:59:09 am

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