Help Keep Kia's Kids Safe

After the father of Kia's children beat and choked her unconscious while her children were in the room to witness, she was hospitalized and was at high risk for not surviving due to complications with an intestinal disease at the age of 28.

Upon conquering her physical illnesses, she decided to never take life for granted, and to do whatever it takes to support her family and be a mother who is present and able to provide for their future. But nothing got easier from there. After leaving her former abuser, she would spend years in court fighting custody battles over the welfare of her children.

She was recently sentenced to 10 days in prison because her children refused to spend the court-ordered custody time at their father's house due to fear of being abused by their step siblings and their own father. The children did go to their fathers house, but did not want to sleep there out of fear and expressed that to their mother. Because she refused to force her children to sleep over their father's house, she ended up spending 6 days in jail.

One week before going to jail she learned that she was pregnant with her current fiancé. While in jail the legal system grossly mistreated her. Although she was there for a minor offense AND pregnant, they put her in solitary confinement and denied her water or access to a nurse. She was even told to "drink from the toilet," if she wanted water.

The father of her children has a legal defense that is present during court and is fighting for custody of the children. Kia is faced with a burden none of us should have to encounter, especially when protecting the well being of our own children. But because she doesn't have enough money for a defense for both her and her children, she has been representing herself in court. Even though the state appoints legal counsel, they are not present with her in court. We are raising money for Kia's legal defense so that she can be equally equipped.

Kia is a wonderful mother, a friend to so many people, and always there for anyone who needs a helping hand, it is our turn to help her now as she faces the biggest battle of her life yet.

Organizer and beneficiary

Samantha Vetrano
Boulder, CO
Kia Monet

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