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Jessica Magana

  • 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 Western State College of Law
  • Issue area Fraud, ID theft, and Hate Crime Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Community Legal Aid SoCal (formerly Legal Aid Society of Orange County) has seen an increasing number of immigrant victims of crime. This Fellowship allowed Jessica to provide direct representation to these victims of crime in their immigration matters by helping them obtain a U-Visa, VAWA self-petition, etc. This Fellowship also addressed identity theft that youth in foster care often face. 

This project provided victim-centered and holistic legal services to immigrant victims of crime and victims of fraud. Legal services were trauma-informed, culturally-appropriate, victimcentered, and linguistically accessible to survivors of crime. 

Jessica believes providing legal representation to victims of crime has its own separate obstacles. An attorney that is representing victims of crime has to be empathetic to the client, try their best to understand the difficulties associated with the representation of victims of crime, and be passionate enough to zealously advocate for one’s client. Jessica is competent to represent victims of crime and she strives her best to become the attorney that her clients deserve. 

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