It’s been frequently said that the number one need abuse victims have – after food and shelter – is for good legal help. Fortunately we have found a number of excellent attorneys who have represented several victims who asked us for legal help.
In 2015, for example, we arranged for board-certified Dallas family law attorney Julie Lucio to help grandmother Irene Janke win custody of her teenage grandson. He had been left alone in a house during the winter without heat and with very little water or food by his mother and her boyfriend, who said there wasn’t enough room for the boy at the motel in which they were living. CPS had recommended that the boyfriend’s parents be given custody, claiming Irene and the boy’s grandfather could not afford to provide for him, even though they were able to pay thousands of dollars for a different attorney to represent them initially. Lucio turned this highly-publicized case around and won. She even deeply discounted her fees to help the Jankes gain custody. Irene says her grandson is now thriving living with her in Amarillo and she will officially adopt him soon.
In 2012, after the Rockwall mother of three children, Jessica Aguilar, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, we arranged for Rockwall attorney David S. Mallard to assist the family with setting up a trust fund for the children. We also arranged for Rockwall criminal defense attorney Tim Hartley to represent the oldest child who had been arrested for a minor offense. Both attorneys did excellent work and the family thanked us, saying they were very grateful for our help.
From 2012-13, we also assisted a partially blind mother of three children to represent herself in Collin County courts. She could not afford an attorney but we helped her to find and fill out the correct forms in the law library. After she submitted them to the court, she regained visitation privileges with her two oldest children and stopped the father from taking them out of the country.