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Lauren DesRosiers

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

The Project

Lauren served 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. 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 increased 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

During the two-year Fellowship, Lauren:

  • Trained over 150 pro bono attorneys on working with LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected immigrant survivors of hate violence;
  • Counseled or represented over LGBTQ+ immigrant survivors of hate violence in immigration and related matters on over 150 cases;
  • Conducted outreach and intakes through community partners in over 20 clinics to provide information on rights surrounding immigration to community members;
  • Presented to over 400 people on various presentations and trainings related to working with LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected immigrant survivors of hate violence; and
  • Developed materials on best practices for working with LGBTQ+ immigrant survivors of hate violence.

Next Steps

Fellowing her Fellowship, Lauren has remained at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, where she continues to serve LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected survivors of violence.


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