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Christopher Merkle

  • Hosted by Iowa Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Des Moines, Iowa
  • Law school Drake University Law School
  • Issue area Fraud, ID theft, and Hate Crime Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

In the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship program, the goal is to increase capacity and access to legal help for crime victims. As the Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow, Christopher assisted victims of crimes, specifically identify theft, fraud, and hate crimes. 

Through this Fellowship, Christopher provided needed legal education, advice, and advocacy, as well as resource referral, to low-income clients, community members, and partnering organizations. This is needed to increase low-income Iowan’s access to justice. 

During law school and after graduation, Christopher demonstrated a commitment to public interest law. Before law school, he worked in art education, where he developed and implemented outreach actives for audiences of all ages. He transferred his experience with community program development and legal advocacy to this Fellowship. 

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