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Lilliana Paratore

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Lilliana Paratore

Lilliana Paratore

Name of Host Organization: UnCommon Law
City, State: Oakland, California
Issue area: Domestic Violence
Sponsors: Apple, Inc., Baker & MacKenzie

The Project

Advocate for women in California prisons by providing gender-appropriate parole representation and promoting policy change that recognizes experiences of gendered trauma and abuse.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Current parole law does not adequately consider gendered trauma in determining suitability for parole. Without legal recognition of gendered trauma, women lifers will continue to be imprisoned, despite the fact that they no longer pose a risk to society. While time, self-reflection, and maturity allow women to understand the traumas that contributed to their crimes, under current law, they are unable to transform their understandings into meaningful opportunities for release.
The Right Person For This Project

Lilliana is the right person for the project because:
• Lilliana worked with survivors of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence both during college and in her work before law school
• Lilliana has worked with UnCommon Law for almost three years, and successfully represented a man gain his freedom through the parole process after thirteen years of incarceration

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Lilliana will:
• Begin outreach and select clients for whom gendered trauma impacted the life crime at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, CA
• Contact legislative and community partners with whom to collaborate on legislative and regulatory advocacy to alter the manner in which the California Board of Parole Hearings considers gendered trauma
• Meet with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to discuss training on gendered trauma for the California Board of Parole Hearings