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'Don’t Take My Child From Me' – Anjali Kour’s Story (Chai With Sahelis: A Desi Dost Project)

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'Don’t Take My Child From Me' – Anjali Kour’s Story (Chai With Sahelis: A Desi Dost Project)

This audio project is the first of a three-part series for October’s Domestic Violence month, supported by the USC Center for Health Journalism in partnership with Desi Collective, Narika and India Currents.

Other stories include: 

Part 1: Chai With Sahelis: A Desi Dost Project – Priya’s Story

Part 2: “It’s Not Just A Thappad” – Rennu’s Story – Chai With Sahelis: A Desi Dost Project

How Priya Won A Second Chance At Her American Dream: A Story of Transnational Abandonment

How Anjali Got Her Son Back: A Story of Transnational Abandonment & Child Custody

Amita
Amita
Tanya Momi-27
India Currents
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Anjali Kour married a H1B visa holder and moved to America. Then, domestic violence destroyed her marriage. Anjali became an illegal alien when her husband refused to renew her H4 dependent visa and abandoned her. Losing her immigration status nearly cost Anjali her son. For years she battled in the U.S. family and immigration courts to win back custody. She continues to live in legal limbo as that battle continues.

“Don’t Take My Child From Me” is her story. 

Anjali’s tale is a graphic case of transnational abandonment.  Her fight for her son and immigration status encapsulates a larger dilemma that many immigrant women face.  

This audio story is part of a unique storytelling project, “Chai with Sahelis,'' where survivors from the Indian American (desi) community share deeply personal stories about their experience living with and surviving  domestic violence. This three-part series for October’s Domestic Violence month, is supported by the USC Center for Health Journalism in partnership with Desi Collective, Narika and India Currents.

 

Chai With Sahelis

Episode 1: I’m A Warrior

Episode 2: It’s Not Just A Thappad

Episode 3: Don’t Take My Child From Me

This article was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund.
 
Artwork: Amita by Tanya Momi
 
 
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Narika : 1-800-215-7308
Maitri : 1-888-8624874
Raksha : 1-866-56-ABUSE
Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
 

[This article was originally published by India Currents.]

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