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Brittany Tyler

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Brittany Tyler

Brittany Tyler

Name of Host Organization: Bay Area Legal Aid
City, State: Oakland, California
Issue area: Domestic Violence
Sponsors: Fenwick & West LLP

The Project

Provide on-site critical and comprehensive legal services to victims of domestic violence in Alameda County's Highland Hospital through a medical-legal partnership.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Alameda County, harbors 200,000 people living in poverty, and Highland is their safety net hospital. Nearly 90,000 patients circulate through Highland’s Emergency Department each year, and one-third of its female trauma patients present for DV-related injuries. Providers in the hospital’s non-emergency clinics report a high prevalence of DV as well. While Highland’s staff members often refer these patients out to legal non-profits, very few victims actually receive legal services.
The Right Person For This Project

Brittany is the right person for the project because:
• She has lived the East Bay where Highland is located for over a decade and has worked in local and national efforts to combat DV since 2009.
• She has served DV victims in various legal internships through trial, appellate and administrative advocacy.
• Her direct legal service experiences with low-income clients include immigration, family law, elder abuse, and housing.