Mary Kate Kalinich
Host: Women Against Abuse
Sponsor: Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Alyssa (she/her/hers) advocates on behalf of survivors of domestic violence by representing them in the early stages of their family regulation cases. She also represents survivors in their related Probate and Family Court and District Court matters.
In Massachusetts, low-income survivors of domestic violence, many of whom are people of color, are not guaranteed representation in this early stage of a family regulation case, putting their rights to their children at risk. Alyssa’s project addresses this need by providing early, prophylactic representation to survivors of domestic violence embroiled in the family regulation system to protect their rights and to prevent further exacerbation of trauma and poverty.
Alyssa is inspired by the survivors that she has worked with and is driven by a firm belief in keeping families together to prevent further poverty and trauma.
In the first year of the Fellowship, Alyssa has:
In the next year, Alyssa plans to:
The survivors of domestic violence that I work with are incredibly devoted to their families and their children. I try to match that passion in protecting survivors’ rights and keeping their families together.
Alyssa Rao /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow