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Leslie F. Villagomez

  • Hosted by New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Law school University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Crime Victims Advocacy Program

The Project

Leslie’s (she/her/hers) Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC) will provide direct representation to immigrant victims of crimes, such as in U Visa, T Visa, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petition cases. Her Fellowship will also develop NMILC’s ability to provide holistic services specifically to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Fellowship Plans

The project will identify and address the lack of legal services for immigrant victims of crime in parts of New Mexico. Leslie’s Fellowship will increase representation and access to resources for victims.

Leslie was inspired to do this work because she wants to ensure that immigrant victims of crimes feel safe reporting crimes and receive proper support. As an immigrant, she is immensely thankful that Equal Justice Works has afforded her the opportunity to serve immigrant populations in New Mexico.

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