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Mary Anne Batiz

  • Hosted by Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Law school Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Crime Victims Advocacy Program

The Project

Mary Anne (she/her/ella) will focus on crime victims from communities with high levels of disinvestment. She aims to meet the individual legal and social needs of crime victims, and to purposefully unite stakeholders from the criminal justice system, civil legal aid, and victim services for the direct and lasting benefit of crime victims.

Fellowship Plans

Mary Anne will address this issue by providing high-quality civil legal services to BIPOC and immigrant crime victims, engaging in victim rights enforcement advocacy, and providing outreach, education, and partnership-building. In order to do so, Mary Anne will provide holistic, trauma-informed, and client-centered services. To accomplish her goals, Mary Anne will provide legal advice and direct representation in family law matters, including Protection From Abuse (PFA), Protection From Sexual Violence (PSVI), child custody, support, and divorce. She will also offer direct representation as victims’ counsel in the criminal justice system and create and oversee a crime victim referral network to address other civil legal needs and social needs. Mary Anne will also facilitate outreach, education, and collaboration efforts with local, culturally-specific victim services providers.

Mary Anne was inspired to do this work after seeing the struggle of crime victims within her own friends and family. Mary Anne’s own experience as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse has led her to dedicate herself to advocacy. Mary Anne feels strongly about empowering those she encounters through trauma-informed advocacy.

As a Latin woman from a low-income background, I'm honored and proud that my work impacts those with whom I identify.

Mary Anne Batiz /
2023 Crime Victims Advocacy Program Fellow

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