FOX 2 – Malaysia Harvey is happy to hold her daughters in her arms again.
“I was praying every day and everything was falling into place,” she said. “And I was so happy that my babies were finally with me after so long.”
A year and a half the girls were gone. Her ex-husband moved out of state – took their kids – while she battled cancer – and more.
“Having cancer, lupus and diabetes – I was in and out of the hospital a lot so it was hard trying to fight to get my kids back and find out where they were because I didn’t know by where to start,” she said.
Nadia, now 7, and Michaela, 5, had been gone for almost a year when Malaysia was directed to the Salvation Army’s William Booth legal aid clinic, where she met the director from the clinic, Amy Roemer.
“It was a complicated question – it was a lot of work – but we knew the outcome was going to be a happy one,” Roemer said.
The legal fight to get the girls back took them through three states – with law enforcement actually having to come in and get the girls back.
“We’re a small but mighty clinic here, but we do our best to serve as many people as possible each year,” Roemer said.
The three lawyers there serve 1,800 clients a year — all of whom are at — or below — the poverty line and navigating complex legal issues.
“Our goal is to enable access to justice for all,” Roemer said.
But it takes money. Remember that their services are free for those who need them. To do this, they’re hosting a huge fundraiser at the Detroit Zoo on May 14 – it’s the 10th year of the Walk for Justice – their goal is to raise $100,000.
You can register on marchpourlajustice.org – it’s $40 in advance – $45 at the door. Children are free – and it’s going to be a lot of fun.
“It’s become a party at the zoo – it’s really a lot of fun,” Roemer said.
There will be food, live music, a magician, face painting – and a silent auction filled with great goodies. It’s to help people like Malaysia get justice.
For her – that meant – getting her children back.
“I couldn’t have done it without them — I couldn’t have,” she said. “Now that I have them I can move on – very grateful – thank you, Amy – thank you very much.”
Malaysia Harvey and his daughters, Nadia and Michaela.