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Mary Bent

  • Hosted by Northwest Justice Project
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Omak, Washington
  • Law school Seattle University School of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Crime Victims Advocacy Program

The Project

Mary’s Fellowship undertakes mission-directed work to address the civil legal needs of Native American crime victims in underserved communities experiencing collateral legal issues.

Fellowship Plans 

Mary will work to bring awareness to critical issues such as domestic violence, human trafficking, and other injustices that plague Native Americans. She plans to do this through the thorough representation of Native American crime victims in and out of the tribal court system by assisting crime victims with cases concerning their immediate safety, ongoing protection, and family law needs. While protecting victims’ rights in criminal proceedings, Mary also will assist victims of trafficking, elder abuse, and financial fraud. Mary plans to maintain and develop the important relationships needed with tribal domestic violence/crime victims’ advocates, Native American-focused social service agencies, law enforcement staff, and others to facilitate access to legal assistance for Native clients and to provide the necessary advocacy for the Native American community. Mary believes that this purpose, coupled with her background and the assistance of community education, can do a tremendous good for her community.

Inspiration

As a Native American woman from a low-income background, I’m honored and proud that my work will address the injustices that affect my community, and I can give back to the very people who shaped my path and my future in this world. I don’t claim to know everything that plagues the people of this community, but I am honored to be able to carve the path toward a solution. I am grateful that my Fellowship has brought me exactly where I need to be.

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