Nishan Bhaumik

  • Hosted by New York City Anti-Violence Project
  • Sponsored by Shearman & Sterling LLP, Thomson Reuters
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school City University of New York School of Law
  • Issue area Domestic Violence
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Nishan developed the New York City Anti-Violence Project’s (AVP’s) first focused outreach program, pro bono counsel program, and hate violence docket to provide holistic legal services to underserved LGBTQ Asian survivors of intersectional violence in New York City.

Nearly one in eight New Yorkers identify as Asian, making New York City home to the largest Asian population in the US. Studies show that up to 41‐61% of Asian Americans report experiencing domestic violence during their lifetime. Furthermore, national surveys indicate that LGBTQ Asians face higher rates of violence than their straight or non-ethnic counterparts. Nonetheless, out of thousands of people served each year at AVP, LGBTQ Asians have comprised as low as 0-3% of its clientele. Moreover, although hate violence is one of the largest client issues at AVP, victims of LGBTQ hate violence only make up a small percentage of legal clients. This gap in services to LGBTQ Asians exists across legal service organizations in New York City. This project will conduct focused outreach to Asian communities, further develop a hate crimes docket, and establish a pro bono counsel program to bridge this gap and better serve the needs of all LGBTQ survivors of violence in New York City.

Fellowship Highlights

During Nishan’s Fellowship, he:

  • Established formal relationships with social, cultural, and advocacy organizations
  • Conducted know your rights trainings
  • Created a comprehensive survey to establish local needs
  • Began organizational processes to establish a hate violence docket
  • Developed procedures and training materials for the creation of a pro bono counsel program
  • Provided holistic legal services to targeted communities


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