Mariana’s Justice

Tenacious Hughes Hubbard team obtains citizenship for abused Dominican woman

Six months after Mariana*, a native of Dominica, married Jose, a U.S. citizen, he began to abuse her. He had always been possessive and, after Mariana discovered that he had a child with another woman, he became increasingly abusive.

His verbal abuse escalated to physical violence and sexual assault, including rape and attempted strangulation. Mariana was afraid to leave Jose because her immigration application for permanent legal residency was contingent on her marriage to him. Finally, she could no longer risk her life by staying with him and she fled.

She sought help at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center and found Her Justice

Mariana’s volunteer attorneys from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP were passionately committed to her throughout the arduous, three-year-long process to obtain permanent residency. Despite multiple bureaucratic errors in the processing of her application, the team’s appeals were ultimately successful.

Thanks to her attorneys’ considerable skill and perseverance, Mariana became a permanent resident, with the right to live and work in the United States independent of her abusive and manipulative husband, and could begin a new life.

The Hughes Hubbard team continued working on her behalf, and Mariana is now a U.S. citizen.

Learn about volunteering with Her Justice


*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.