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Jacob Zarefsky

  • Hosted by Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
  • Sponsored by Disaster Resilience Program
  • Service location Los Angeles, California
  • Law school Tulane University School of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Response and Preparedness
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Disaster Resilience Program

The Project

Jacob (he/him/his) will provide legal aid and assistance to wildfire survivors throughout California.

Wildfires destroy individuals’ homes and businesses, and frequently uproot families from their local communities. Many survivors of wildfires do not possess the necessary resources to resolve these immediate crises and require legal aid in areas of housing, employment, etc.

Fellowship Plans

Jacob will conduct client outreach to natural disaster survivors by distributing consumer flyers and attending community events. In addition, Jacob will represent wildfire survivors in administrative hearings and court cases throughout Los Angeles County. Further, Jacob will communicate with other Disaster Resilience Fellows across the country to engage in peer-to-peer learning exercises.

Jacob has worked at legal aid organizations that focus their advocacy on disability rights and criminal expungement. Jacob has lived in California for most of his life and was inspired to devote his efforts to disaster relief upon observing the devastating impact of recent wildfires throughout the state.

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