Domestic Violence Staff Receives County Advocate Award
November 14, 2013
On October 25th, AACI Domestic Violence Advocate, Anh Le, was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Advocate award from the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council at their annual conference. The award is given annually to an advocate in the county who has demonstrated a commitment and passion for advocacy for domestic violence victims for at least five years.
Each day, Anh helps clients like Trinh, who immigrated to San Jose from Vietnam and found herself in an abusive relationship the moment she arrived in the U.S. Her husband confiscated her immigration documents and threatened to send her back to Vietnam if she did not obey him. He was physically and verbally abusive to Trinh despite her repeated requests to have him stop the abuse. Trinh ultimately called the police and her husband was arrested and sent to jail. She was referred to AACI where Anh spent more than a year helping her with translation, divorce proceedings, and assistance with obtaining permanent residency under the Violence Again Women Act (VAWA). Today, Trinh is going to school and working nights to support her family.
For the past 18 years, Anh has helped domestic violence victims like Trinh meet an array of needs, such as developing an escape plan out of their home, finding safe shelter for themselves and their children, filing restraining orders, petitioning for child custody, petitioning for immigration relief, going to court and testifying against their abuser, locating new housing, finding a job, enrolling kids in new schools and starting a new life free from violence. Most of the clients Anh serves speak little to no English, and usually they are extremely low-income.
As a domestic violence survivor herself, she has a deep understanding of this issue and dedication to supporting the clients who come to AACI. Anh has been vocal about sharing her own story and spreading the word about resources available to the community. She has been an invaluable member of AACI’s team for nearly two decades and everyone is proud that she received this deserving honor.
AACI’s Domestic Violence Program provides emergency shelter, 24/7 hotline services, case management advocacy, and more to domestic violence victims. For more information visit: sjawh.org