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Juliana Morgan-Trostle

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Juliana Morgan-Trostle

Juliana Morgan-Trostle

Name of Host Organization: Bay Area Legal Aid
City, State: Richmond, California
Issue area: Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The Project

Establish a bilingual medical-legal partnership in Contra Costa County to provide wraparound legal protections to Latina survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Latina survivors of abuse are less likely than women from other backgrounds to seek help from a social services agency, but they are more likely to access health services. West County Health Center is located in the city with the highest rates of domestic violence calls in Contra Costa County, and ninety percent of its patients are low-income. Despite clear need, there is just one legal services attorney for every 14,274 low-income families in the county.
The Right Person For This Project

Juliana is the right person for the project because:
• Her identity as a Latina survivor fuels her dedication to working with Spanish-speaking survivors of interpersonal violence
• She has previous experience assisting low-income, Spanish-speaking clients with a variety of civil legal needs, including working at a medical-legal partnership in the Bay Area
• As an advocate for reproductive justice, Juliana is committed to uplifting and centering the voices of those most marginalized

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Juliana Morgan-Trostle will:
• Provide legal counsel and advocacy for survivors of interpersonal violence
• Institute regular on-site legal clinics, office hours and routine meetings with partner providers at West County Health Center
• Build and strengthen relationships with existing community organizations
• Develop bilingual educational materials and conduct outreach to West County Health Center providers, patients, and the greater community