Rebecca Zoeller

The Project

Rebecca Zoeller provided comprehensive, trauma-informed, language-accessible civil legal services to victims and survivors of human trafficking in 16 Florida panhandle counties. Rebecca’s project was to counsel and represent victims of human trafficking, educate community organizations, and create outreach opportunities for the community and community organizations. 

Rebecca previously worked in general civil private practice, then spent 4 years with Legal Services of North Florida providing services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. With this Fellowship, Rebecca wanted to transition over to assisting human trafficking victims and survivors because there is a greater need among this population for her skills and advocacy, and fewer resources for those individuals. Rebecca wants to increase services and support to those survivors, as well as educate citizens and organizations on what trafficking is and how we can all help to end it, and help survivors recover. She saw this Fellowship as an opportunity to both utilize her prior experience and broaden her practice to the wider variety of civil legal needs arising out of trafficking issues. 

Rebecca and Legal Services of North Florida collaborated with government and law enforcement agencies, social services, medical providers and the business community in the Florida Panhandle to effectively identify and respond to the needs of trafficking victims. 

The Project

Three Rivers Legal Services is a non-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low-income clients in seventeen counties throughout North Florida. Our mission is to provide quality legal assistance and to empower and educate through preventive legal education. While at Three Rivers I will focus on the particularly vulnerable homeless populations, including veterans and battered immigrant women. I also hope to inspire students and pro bono attorneys to commit to serving the underprivileged with their legal abilities.

The Inspiration

The Project

My project focus is Veterans advocacy. The main objective is to assist our veterans in achieving and maintaining greater independence and self-sufficiency. Our combined project will include training and assistance to veterans with military discharge upgrades, landlord/tenant and unemployment compensation issues, naturalization, and sealing/expungement of a criminal record. We will also conduct training on Landlord/Tenant law for VA personnel who administer housing vouchers for veterans.

The Inspiration

The Project

This project will involve direct representation of parents who have children with disabilities or the children themselves. Advocating on behalf of parents and students to ensure that school systems, penal institutions, and community colleges provide services guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Inspiration

The Project

Karen provided legal outreach, advocacy, and representation to immigrant detainees at the Baker County Detention Center. Immigrant detainees do not have a right to free legal counsel, and are often unable to hire a private attorney. Through this project, Karen interviewed immigrants held at Baker and determine whether they may be eligible for VAWA, U-visa, asylum, or other forms relief. As part of the project, Karen conducted know-your-rights presentations and provided pro se materials such as habeas corpus petitions.

The Project

Deanna provided free civil legal services to low-income, eligible clients in seventeen counties of North Florida. The focus of Deanna’s project was providing advice and brief services through clinics and appointments in-office. Throughout the project, Deanna addressed many legal issues such as Consumer Law, Housing issues, Expungement and Divorce.

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Project

Caitlin provided legal representation to underprivileged veterans, and their family members, who are eligible for government benefits or face housing concerns. To accomplish this goal, Caitlin provided veterans with education and counseling as well as participate in litigation and administrative hearings with the Veterans’ Administration. Also, Caitlin partnered with other agencies in the Cincinnati region that provide services to veterans. Finally, Caitlin ensured that those who have served our country receive the attention they need and deserve from the Veterans.

As the wife of a veteran, I can think of no higher calling in the legal profession than helping veterans obtain the benefits they deserve for their years of service to our country.

Caitlin Milo /
Equal Justice Works Fellow