Emma provided accessible legal services to members of the LGBTQIA+ community who have experienced intimate partner violence.
In the Greater Boston Area, 86% of LGBTQIA+ survivors of intimate partner violence believe that legal services are necessary to escaping and rebuilding after intimate partner violence. However, only 34% of this community has access to legal resources. Emma’s project provided inclusive and accessible legal services for LGBTQIA+ survivors in the areas of family law and immigration.
During the two-year Fellowship period, Emma:
- Provided advice and counsel to 40 clients on restraining orders, name changes, and immigration matters and provided full representation to another 35 clients on family law and immigration matters
- Gave five restraining order trainings to community members, reaching a total of 35 individuals
- Gave 15 presentations on family law for LGBTQIA+ clients, reaching a total of 75 individuals
- Engaged in an outreach campaign, speaking at over 15 LGBTQIA+ community organizations
- Served as a member of the LGBTQIA+ Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition
- Collaborated with Greater Boston Legal Services to make their Family Law Unit website gender neutral and inclusive
- Organized Greater Boston Legal Services’ first-ever LGBTQIA+ accessibility training for more than 150 attorneys and staff members