Leeja Patel

  • Hosted by Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
  • Sponsored by DLA Piper LLP (US), Verizon Foundation
  • Service location San Francisco, California
  • Law school University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Issue area Domestic Violence, Immigrant Populations, Trafficking/Slavery
  • Fellowship class year 2011
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

The Bay Area currently suffers from a dearth of culturally competent legal services. As a result, many immigrant survivors of domestic violence find themselves unable to access the legal services they need to escape their abusive situations. Leeja aimed to fill this gap and to alleviate gender-based violence in the Bay Area’s South Asian community by (a) providing comprehensive domestic violence, family law, and immigration services; (b) conducting culturally competent outreach and education initiatives; (c) advocating for improved services and community involvement; and (d) connecting key stakeholder organizations through a domestic violence task force.

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