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Dawn Ericksen

  • Hosted by Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location Camden, New Jersey
  • Law school Rutgers Law School
  • Issue area Medical-Legal Partnership, Opioid Epidemic
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Dawn (she/her) will help tackle the legal needs of South Jersey residents with opioid and other substance use disorders (SUDs) by providing direct legal services, developing and sharing resources, and advocating for systemic change, with a particular focus on housing justice and tenant rights.

The opioid crisis continues to exact a devastating toll on South Jersey residents. Patients seeking treatment must address the medical and psychological impact of addiction, as well as the myriad of legal issues stemming from years of active use. Dawn’s Fellowship will expand legal offerings to practices and clinics serving primarily Black and Hispanic Camden residents with substance use disorders. She will also include educational, reform, and advocacy components to amplify its impact. This work includes providing education to patients and medical professionals regarding legal issues as well as trainings for attorneys and courts regarding substance use disorder.

Dawn draws from her lived experience as a person with substance use disorder and the adversities she faced in overcoming the obstacles in early recovery. She has strong ties to the South Jersey area and is excited to be based in Camden.

Fellowship Plans

Dawn will represent SUD patients facing civil legal needs including housing, child welfare, family law issues such as child custody and DV, and benefits. She will also develop and pursue policy reforms to address identified issues for New Jersey SUD patients with a particular focus on housing justice.

It is a gift to work with others who are where I once was: experiencing the daunting task of rebuilding their lives. It is critical to offer holistic support to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and our communities.

Dawn Ericksen /
2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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