Ana’s Story

Ana’s story began in Guatemala, where she was born. Her father died when she was four, and Ana spent the next several years caring for her sick mother. When her mother died, Ana was left in the care of her godmother, who brought her to the United States. Since the two were not related, U.S. officials would not allow them to stay together. Ana’s godmother decided to return to Guatemala and leave Ana in custody. Ana spent four months in foster care, and ABLE became involved as her advocate. Finally, the Office of Refugee Resettlement located her older sister, who did not know Ana had been brought to the United States.

Now living happily with her sister, Ana enjoys a normal carefree childhood and dreams of becoming a police officer.