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Julia Souza

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Julia Souza

Julia Souza

Name of Host Organization: Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
City, State: San Jose, California
Issue area: Children/Youth, Disability Rights
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The Project

Julia advocated for youth with mental health disabilities to ensure access to mental health services, education, and support services through direct representation, community outreach, and education.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Too many young people with mental health disabilities are undiagnosed, untreated, and not connected to the services to which they are legally entitled. Particularly for those who are members of an already-vulnerable community, the lack of essential educational and mental health services puts their very futures at risk. Julia ensured that these youths have the opportunity to thrive as they transition successfully into adulthood by increasing their access to mental health services, education, and support services.