Juliana Morgan-Trostle

  • Hosted by Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Richmond, California
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Juliana established a medical-legal partnership to provide wraparound legal protections to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Survivors of interpersonal violence often remain in violent relationships because they are socially isolated, financially dependent on their abuser, or unfamiliar with available resources. These barriers are compounded for survivors who do not speak English or who lack lawful immigration status. While Latina survivors of abuse are less likely to seek help from a social services agency, they are more likely to access health services. West County Health Center is located in San Pablo, the city with the highest rates of domestic violence calls in Contra Costa County. Despite this community’s clear need for legal support, Contra Costa County has just one legal services attorney for every 14,274 low-income families.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Juliana has:

  • Established on-site office hours at the health center and an e-referral mechanism to reach clients
  • Provided legal services to 187 clients in the areas of immigration, domestic violence and family law, housing, consumer law, and public benefits
  • Taught 165 patients about their rights
  • Conducted 16 trainings for nearly 500 case managers, health advocates, doctors, psychiatrists, and nurses on legal remedies for survivors of interpersonal violence, public charge, and immigrant access to public benefits
  • Collaborated with a key health equity program, as well as other immigration and domestic violence services providers in the county, attending multiple partner meetings each week

What’s Next

Juliana will continue to center her work around addressing the civil legal needs of low-income immigrants and survivors of interpersonal violence, with a focus on addressing the social determinants of health.

Media

Understanding the Facts and Planning Next Steps for Those Impacted by the New Public Charge Rule

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