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Paula Lucas

“You don’t take action because it’s self-fulfilling but because you’re looking outside yourself.”

Paula thinks that “sometimes you find your life calling through adversity.” For most of her marriage, she was a scared mother living overseas trying to protect her three sons and herself from an abusive husband. After 12 years of terror, she and her children fled to the US, where they lived in a homeless shelter. When her husband began to stalk her, she learned there were no programs to assist American women wishing to leave abusive marriages overseas. As a result, Paula spent tens of thousands of dollars to gain custody of her sons. They were all still living in the homeless shelter when Paula set up a global hot line to provide the support she wishes she’d had. Today her group also offers transportation back to the U.S., legal services, and housing. By helping others, Paula has turned her personal tragedy into a triumph for caring. “You don’t take action,” she says, “because it’s self-fulfilling but because you’re looking outside yourself.”