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Lauren DesRosiers

  • Hosted by New York City Anti-Violence Project
  • Sponsored by Bloomberg LP, Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school The University of Michigan Law School
  • Issue area LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Lauren serves undocumented LGBTQ survivors of hate violence in New York City by improving access to holistic legal services to combat alienation from legal systems.

Incidents of hate violence against LGBTQ communities have dramatically increased over the past several years and are coterminous with increased violence against immigrants. In particular, undocumented LGBTQ survivors of hate violence live at a critical nexus of underserved communities and are at a high risk of estrangement from legal systems. This further marginalizes LGBTQ immigrants, thereby exacerbating the effects of violence. Lauren’s project increases access to holistic legal services through outreach and direct representation to combat the effects of violence experienced by undocumented LGBTQ hate violence survivors.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past year, Lauren has:

  • Trained 50 pro bono attorneys on working with LGBTQ immigrant survivors of hate violence;
  • Counseled 100 LGBTQ immigrant survivors of hate violence in immigration and related matters;
  • Conducted outreach through community partners to provide information on rights surrounding immigration to community members; and
  • Developed materials on best practices for working with LGBTQ immigrant survivors of hate violence.

Next Steps

In the next year, Lauren plans to:

  • Train immigration attorneys and community and pro bono partners on best practices for working with LGBTQ immigrant survivors of violence;
  • Work with community partner organizations to provide Know-Your-Rights trainings for LGBTQ immigrant survivors of hate violence; and
  • Continue representing LGBTQ survivors of hate violence in immigration and other proceedings.

Media

Bloomberg and Proskauer team up with Equal Justice Works to sponsor fellowship serving LGBTQ+ survivors of hate violence in NYC

Bloomberg LP and Proskauer Serve LGBTQ Immigrant Survivors of Hate Violence

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