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Rebecca Zoeller

  • Hosted by Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Tallahassee, Florida
  • Law school Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Rebecca Zoeller provided comprehensive, trauma-informed, language-accessible civil legal services to victims and survivors of human trafficking in 16 Florida panhandle counties. Rebecca’s project was to counsel and represent victims of human trafficking, educate community organizations, and create outreach opportunities for the community and community organizations. 

Rebecca previously worked in general civil private practice, then spent 4 years with Legal Services of North Florida providing services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. With this Fellowship, Rebecca wanted to transition over to assisting human trafficking victims and survivors because there is a greater need among this population for her skills and advocacy, and fewer resources for those individuals. Rebecca wants to increase services and support to those survivors, as well as educate citizens and organizations on what trafficking is and how we can all help to end it, and help survivors recover. She saw this Fellowship as an opportunity to both utilize her prior experience and broaden her practice to the wider variety of civil legal needs arising out of trafficking issues. 

Rebecca and Legal Services of North Florida collaborated with government and law enforcement agencies, social services, medical providers and the business community in the Florida Panhandle to effectively identify and respond to the needs of trafficking victims. 

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