Provide advocacy and outreach to people with disabilities who survived sexual abuse and sex trafficking in Illinois.
Lydia is the right person for the project because:
• After interviewing women in the commercial sex industry in the Dominican Republic, she chose to become an attorney to advocate for people to be free from sexual exploitation.
• She spent three years researching this project, focusing on the intersection of people with disabilities and human trafficking.
• She has developed a strong network for collaboration in the Chicago legal aid community in support of this project.
In the first six months, Lydia will:
• Establish points of contact for collaborative efforts with the legal and non-legal service providers
• Review and investigate reports of sexual abuse indicated in Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Inspector General reports.
• Perform one unannounced site visit to a facility serving people with disabilities to talk with individuals in the program and access records to assess safety and quality of care.
• Develop an individual case load based on outreach and site visits.
• Develop written advocacy materials about sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and EFE’s services.
• Distribute advocacy materials to state facilities serving people with disabilities.