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Sheila S. Robles

  • Hosted by Public Law Center of Orange County
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Santa Ana, California
  • Law school Golden Gate State University School of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Crime Victims Advocacy Program

The Project

Sheila’s (she/her) project will focus on serving unaccompanied minors in Special Immigration Juvenile cases (SIJS). With the support of the Public Law Center, Shelia will serve underrepresented, indigent immigrant clients subjected to abuse, neglect, and abandonment by their primary caretakers.

Fellowship Plans

Sheila will significantly increase the number of minor children helped who are eligible for SIJS. By focusing on unaccompanied minors, she will be improving the lives and futures of individuals who cannot return to their homelands due to history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In doing so, she will help create a new narrative and potential for the minor children to heal from past trauma and create new life goals from a place of safety and wellbeing.

Sheila understands what it’s like to be a young person with no recourse during some of the most difficult times in life. Her experiences growing up led her to her career path, searching for empowerment. She hopes to empower clients early in their lives giving them the tools to make decisions that will lead them to success years before she could.

Children should be taught and nurtured. In my work with Equal Justice Works, I hope to change the trajectory of the youth that I work with by facilitating their experience with the legal process.

Sheila S. Robles /
2023 Crime Victims Advocacy Program Fellow

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