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Lorena Jiron

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Lorena Jiron

Lorena Jiron

Name of Host Organization: Day One
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Domestic Violence
Sponsors: Verizon, DLA Piper

The Project

Empower young mothers aged 16-24 from immigrant communities who are survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) through comprehensive advocacy, including direct representation and educational trainings.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
In addition to cultural and language barriers, youth face hurdles including confusing and inconsistent laws around their rights to healthcare, shelter, and legal protection. Young Latinas in particular are met with disapproval from the community when they become pregnant, a stigma that perpetuates IPV. Lorena’s project will provide the necessary supports and outreach to young single mothers who deeply need additional resources, information and advocacy with a culturally-specific lens.
The Right Person For This Project
Lorena is the right person for the project because:
• She has worked in the area of IPV-related advocacy throughout law school.
• Her linguistic and cultural fluencies make her uniquely able to aid an underserved segment of New York’s population.
• She is passionate about the rights of single mothers and immigrants because she was raised by someone who was both; she therefore has a personal understanding of the struggles of this particular community.
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Lorena will:
• Partner with Latinx community-based organizations, community leaders, and with domestic worker groups.
• Start to develop trainings at the intersection of IPV, parenting, reproductive justice, and immigration.
• Assume an initial caseload of clients who need direct representation in Family Court for issues related to IPV.