Name of Host Organization: Lawyers for Children
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Children/Youth
Sponsors: The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Marisa provided targeted, direct representation to children who are victims of sexual abuse while in foster care in New York City in order to address their particular needs and created a replicable model of best practices for attorneys handling these types of cases.
Need Addressed By Project
There are approximately 14,000 children in foster care in New York City, and it is estimated that more than 50 percent are or will be victims of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is devastating for a child. It damages their ability to learn, grow, and develop healthy relation¬ships and can negatively affect them throughout their entire lives. This project aims to fill the gap in specialized legal services available to support this vulnerable population.