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“I consider myself a Muslim,” she said. “I pray every night the Muslim way. It’s important for me, for my sanity.”

She says she would like to go back to Pakistan and help women, but she fears she would be killed or kidnapped.

“I just feel like I have a lot of work to do,” she said.

Edith McEacheron, 35, originally from Venezuela, was put into contact with Ali in March after she says her husband left her and their toddler son with no money and no way of getting any. She is now in the final stages of trying to get a work permit and is looking for a job. No More Tears pays for her room and her attorney.

McEacheron says that without the organization, her life would be different.

“I guarantee you one thing, I probably would be in the street,” she said.

Saman Movassaghi, an attorney who also helped McEacheron, gives Ali’s clients the discounted rate of $500 per case.

“I really enjoy helping them in the respect that they know that there is somebody out there who listens to their case and fights for them,” she said. “I didn’t go to law school to do traffic tickets … I went to law school to help people.”

Laura Finley, a professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University and a No More Tears board member, donated her purple station wagon to one woman.

“It feels really good to see somebody be safe,” Finley said.



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