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Ginger Devaney

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Ginger Devaney

Ginger Devaney

Name of Host Organization: Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
City, State: Chicago, Illinois
Issue area: Domestic Violence, Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The Project

Ginger united immigration law and family law into an accessible package to achieve social, legal, and economic independence for victims of domestic violence who seek orders of protection in Chicago.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Victims of domestic violence face a dizzying array of options, processes, organizations and people when they seek legal aid in filing an order of protection, getting a divorce and child support, and finding housing, childcare, and work. Undocumented victims have even greater legal needs because they have complex immigration issues in addition to the routine challenges faced by victims. Many are prevented from seeking the full support to which they are entitled because they must apply and keep track of services from numerous agencies during an already stressful and chaotic time in their lives. The Independence Project will unite order of protection, immigration, and divorce services along with referrals to economic empowerment courses to help undocumented abuse victims get the help they need at their first point of contact with the judicial system, the Domestic Violence Courthouse.