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Odalys Fajardo

  • Hosted by Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Powell, Ohio
  • Law school University of Dayton School of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Crime Victims Advocacy Program

The Project

Odalys Fajardo’s (she/her) project with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center will focus on better serving minorities in underserved communities by expanding direct outreach to communities of color while providing free legal services to crime victims when their statutory or constitutional rights have been, or are being, violated in the criminal justice process.

Fellowship Plans

Odalys Fajardo will work to better serve minorities in underserved communities by expanding direct outreach to communities of color. Her goal is to aid in the relationship between victims and the criminal justice system by building trust, connections, and meaningful relationships through consistent presence and partnerships in these communities. Further, through free legal services, Odalys plans to assist crime victims by informing them of their rights and helping them assert their rights.

This Equal Justice Works Fellowship has afforded Odalys the opportunity to serve marginalized communities that are victimized at higher rates and often do not find justice and healing within the criminal justice system.

As a woman of color from a low-income background, I'm honored and proud that I will be able to assist in bridging the gap that exists between victims of minoritized groups and the criminal justice system.

Odalys Fajardo /
2023 Crime Victims Advocacy Program Fellow

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