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Elizabeth Buner

  • Hosted by Community Legal Aid SoCal
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Santa Ana, California
  • Law school William & Mary Law School
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

The Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship will help increase access to no-cost, comprehensive civil legal services for survivors of human trafficking in Orange County. Through Elizabeth’s Fellowship, Community Legal Aid SoCal (formerly Legal Aid Society of Orange County) will broaden and strengthen its collaboration with law enforcement, community organizations and other service providers to better serve victims of crime in Orange County and Southeast Los Angeles County. Additionally, the Fellowship will strengthen pro bono and volunteer capacity through training presentations designed to teach them how to provide effective assistance and representation to trafficking survivors that is culturally competent and trauma informed.

Elizabeth has long been committed to a career in public service—it is what led her to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for four years, then on to law school, to two internships with non-profits in Cambodia and South Africa, and now here to Community Legal Aid SoCal. Each of these opportunities has expanded her knowledge of the law and deepened her commitment to advocating on behalf of those who need it most.

The multifaceted nature of this Fellowship—providing direct representation to clients, as well as community outreach and education—is what drew her to this opportunity, and she believes that her passion for the work, as well as her educational and work experiences have provided her with the skills to be an immediate asset to Community Legal Aid SoCal. This Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to expand the work of Community Legal Aid SoCal and connect with vulnerable populations who might otherwise lack access to civil legal help; she welcomes the opportunity to play a role in providing legal assistance to and improving the lives of residents of Orange County and Southeast Los Angeles County.

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