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Deshawnda Chaparro

  • Hosted by New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Law school University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

This Fellowship established an attorney who is dedicated to human trafficking cases, where there was not one before at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center. In addition to providing direct representation to survivors of human trafficking, this Fellowship established procedures for screening for victims of human trafficking. Deshawnda also provided training to other service providers in order to expand access to resources for victims of human trafficking. 

Deshawnda provided trauma-centered services to clients and learned how best to assist them in pursuing criminal/civil/immigration cases. She believes that she is a strong advocate and continues to assert the victims rights during investigations and legal proceedings. 

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