2015 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Nishan Bhaumik

Nishan Bhaumik

Name of Host Organization: New York City Anti-Violence Project
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Domestic Violence
Sponsors: Thomson Reuters; Shearman & Sterling LLP

The Project

Nishan will develop the New York City Anti-Violence Project’s (AVP’s) first focused outreach program, pro bono counsel program, and hate violence docket to provide holistic legal services to underserved LGBTQ Asian survivors of intersectional violence in New York City.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Nearly one in eight New Yorkers identify as Asian, making New York City home to the largest Asian population in the US. Studies show that up to 41‐61% of Asian Americans report experiencing domestic violence during their lifetime. Furthermore, national surveys indicate that LGBTQ Asians face higher rates of violence than their straight or non-ethnic counterparts. Nonetheless, out of thousands of people served each year at AVP, LGBTQ Asians have comprised as low as 0-3% of its clientele. Moreover, although hate violence is one of the largest client issues at AVP, victims of LGBTQ hate violence only make up a small percentage of legal clients. This gap in services to LGBTQ Asians exists across legal service organizations in New York City. This project will conduct focused outreach to Asian communities, further develop a hate crimes docket, and establish a pro bono counsel program to bridge this gap and better serve the needs of all LGBTQ survivors of violence in New York City.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Nishan is the right person for the project because:
• He has unique experience supporting survivors of intersectional violence
• His cultural background makes him the best equipped to make lasting connections in underrepresented LGBTQ Asian communities
• He has successfully advocated LGBTQ issues in direct litigation, impact litigation, and legislative policy
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship: 
In the first six months, Nishan will:
• Establish formal relationships with social, cultural, and advocacy organizations
• Conduct know your rights trainings
• Create a comprehensive survey to establish local needs
• Begin organizational processes to establish a hate violence docket
• Develop procedures and training materials for the creation of a pro bono counsel program
• Provide holistic legal services to targeted communities

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