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Alaina Varvaloucas

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Alaina Varvaloucas

Alaina Varvaloucas

Name of Host Organization: Lawyers for Children
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Domestic Violence, Children/Youth
Sponsors: KPMG, The Sidley Austin Foundation

The Project

Alaina directly represented children whose cases involved domestic violence issues as Lawyers For Children’s (LFC) Domestic Violence Specialist at the Manhattan Family Court.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Family Court cases involving domestic violence are unique and highly complex family law proceedings that involve a number of moving parts. There can be a lot at stake: physical danger; psychological and developmental harm; the separation of children from their families, sometimes permanently; and potential trauma in foster care. Given the delicate subject matter and the inordinate number of domestic violence cases in the Manhattan Family Court, these cases require specialized expertise and the provision of dedicated, focused services. This project established LFC’s only dedicated Manhattan Family Court Domestic Violence Specialist. Additionally, this project provided a model for children’s attorneys in other Family Courts.