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Claudia V. Torres Patino

  • Hosted by Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Boston, Massachusetts
  • Law school Harvard Law School
  • Issue area Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Crime Victims Advocacy Program

The Project

Claudia’s (she/her) Fellowship at Greater Boston Legal Services focuses on enforcing the civil workplace rights of low-income, immigrant, and BIPOC workers who have been victims of wage theft, labor trafficking, workplace physical or sexual assault, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. While victim assistance services and resources have seen considerable growth in recent years, there still exists a significant lack of access to top-notch civil legal services and the enforcement of victims’ rights in the workplace, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) and other individuals underserved communities.

Fellowship Plans

Claudia will support workers in their roles as witnesses during civil or criminal labor agency investigations. Claudia will be involved in private litigation against employers who have violated the law and ensure that victims’ concerns are addressed and their interests protected during legal proceedings. Claudia will engage in outreach activities and community legal education to raise awareness of individuals’ rights in the Greater Boston area.

Claudia sees her Equal Justice Works Fellowship as an opportunity to amplify their voices and create a more equitable environment for all of us. Born and raised in Mexico, Claudia came to the United States to pursue a doctoral degree in law, focusing on the labor dynamics of street sex workers in Mexico City. Her academic and professional experiences have solidified her conviction that, within the confines of capitalism, individuals, particularly immigrants, BIPOC, and those from low-income backgrounds, often face vulnerability in their employment relationships. She is committed to applying her honed skills and acquired knowledge from both academia and practice to offer steadfast support and foster an environment where others can truly prosper.

As an immigrant and a woman of color, I want to stand alongside the very communities that, much like myself, have confronted the often unforgiving American labor and immigration systems.

Claudia V. Torres Patino /
2023 Crime Victims Advocacy Program

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