Community Legal Aid SoCal (formerly Legal Aid Society of Orange County) has seen an increasing number of immigrant victims of crime. This Fellowship allowed Jessica to provide direct representation to these victims of crime in their immigration matters by helping them obtain a U-Visa, VAWA self-petition, etc. This Fellowship also addressed identity theft that youth in foster care often face.
This project provided victim-centered and holistic legal services to immigrant victims of crime and victims of fraud. Legal services were trauma-informed, culturally-appropriate, victim–centered, and linguistically accessible to survivors of crime.
Jessica believes providing legal representation to victims of crime has its own separate obstacles. An attorney that is representing victims of crime has to be empathetic to the client, try their best to understand the difficulties associated with the representation of victims of crime, and be passionate enough to zealously advocate for one’s client. Jessica is competent to represent victims of crime and she strives her best to become the attorney that her clients deserve.