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Joey Carrillo

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Chicago
  • Sponsored by Discover Financial Services, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Chicago, Illinois
  • Law school Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Issue area Domestic Violence, Family Law
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Through the LGBT Anti-Violence and Safety Project (LASP), Joey (he/him/his) will provide identity-affirming legal services, outreach, and education for low-income LGBT survivors of domestic violence with a focus on youth.

While most Domestic Violence (DV) services are designed to serve cisgender women in heterosexual relationships, research suggests that the LGBT community experiences DV at a higher rate. Some studies indicate that certain identities within the LGBT community experience DV and stalking at more than double the rate of their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. The 2016 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs outlines that 64% of LGBT survivors did not seek a protective order out of fear of further stigmatization by either legal service providers, courts, or law enforcement. The culturally responsive outreach, education, and services for LGBT survivors provided by this project will fill an unmet legal need and remove barriers to life-saving protections.

Fellowship Plans

Through LASP, Joey will help LGBT survivors of domestic violence seek Orders of Protection, Civil No Contact Orders, and Stalking No Contact Orders. Joey will also conduct outreach to and community building with LGBT youth and survivors living in poverty to spread awareness of culturally responsive resources provided by LASP. Lastly, Joey will provide advocacy and education on issues affecting LGBT survivors through training and collaboration with community partners and Legal Aid Chicago staff.


Ensuring Culturally-Responsive Legal Representation for LGBTQ+ Survivors of Domestic Violence

2021 Greenberg Traurig Equal Justice Works Law Fellows to Tackle Racial, Economic, and Social Justice Issues

Chicago-Kent Public Interest Fellow to Tackle Domestic Violence Issues Within LGBT Community

The opportunity to combine my passion for LGBT rights, commitment to serving youth and low-income clients, and my practical experience in domestic violence litigation is honestly a dream come true for me!

Joey Carrillo /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

2021 Fellow Joey Carrillo Provides Legal Services for LGBTQ+ Survivors of Domestic Violence

2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow Joey Carrillo discusses his work providing identity-affirming legal services for LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence. Joey is hosted by Legal Aid Chicago, and his work is made possible through the support of Discover Financial Services and Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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