Originally posted by kythryne
at internet powers, activate!
Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.
We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child. She's presently being represented by a court-assigned lawyer who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.
If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any leads or want to help.
The internet can work miracles. Let's go.
Edit, Tuesday afternoon: Huge, huge thanks to everyone who has signal-boosted, offered resources, emailed me, and otherwise been willing to help. Our friend is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. Amy and I are driving over to New York tomorrow afternoon so we can provide support in person, and we are working on plans to help our friend and her daughter get back on their feet once the custody case is over.
(If you would be interested in donating an item or service to a fundraising auction in the near future, please let me know. Our friend is a talented artist and a wonderful mother to a beautiful little girl who deserves a safe home, and it wouldn't take much to make a huge difference in their lives.)
Edit the second, Friday morning: we found a marvelous lawyer! Our friend and her daughter are safe with us - with the court's permission - for the next couple of weeks, and I'm going to be setting up a fundraising auction this weekend. The lawyer has agreed to a payment plan, but it will still be quite expensive. Thank you again for the amazing help and support.