Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid Society of New York City
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Immigrant Populations - Trafficking/Slavery, Domestic Violence
Sabrina identified and represented non-citizen survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking who have criminal convictions in their immigration matters.
Need Addressed By Project
Non-citizen survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence (hereinafter “survivors”) are falling through the cracks of the criminal justice system. They are being deported despite the fact they have been afforded legal protection on a local and national level. This project provided a multifaceted solution through the implementation of a screening/referral tool and training program for the public defenders at the Legal Aid Society of NYC, which fostered early identification of survivors trapped in the criminal justice system. Sabrina provided direct legal representation and holistic services to survivors who are facing deportation so that they can live independently from their abusers and traffickers, and she created survivor-centric community education materials that were distributed through the community partners of Legal Aid Society’s Domestic Violence-Immigration Practice. Furthermore, Sabrina undertook outreach at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility to further identify survivors.