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Marissa Mowery

  • Hosted by Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Los Angeles, California
  • Law school Widener University Commonwealth School of Law
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Human trafficking is a significant problem in L.A. County, where hard-to-reach survivors require multiple service access options in order to overcome barriers to help. Immigrant survivors of trafficking are particularly vulnerable due to cultural misunderstandings, language barriers, and their legal status in the U.S. The legal aid sector is overwhelmed by a need for immigration legal services generally, and particularly for immigrant survivors of crime such as trafficking. This Fellowship helped address the intersection of the needs of immigrants and trafficking survivors. 

Marissa provided free, culturally-responsive, and language-accessible legal services to immigrant survivors of human trafficking. This was done through advice, direct legal representation, supportive services, and/or outreach/education. 

Marissa has extensive experience both providing direct services to immigrant survivors of crime and conducting trainings and community outreach on immigration law and policy. She has been trained to provide trauma-informed services to both adults and children, and on cultural competency issues. Furthermore, she is passionate about defending the one without a defender. 

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