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Valencia Are

  • Hosted by Tzedek DC, Inc.
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Howard University School of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Crime Victims Advocacy Program

The Project

Valencia (she/her) will work with Tzedek DC to provide trauma-informed legal services to victims of financial crimes in underserved BIPOC communities in D.C. Victims of financial crimes face major barriers to securing employment, obtaining government benefits, getting business loans, and achieving peace of mind. These problems are even more pronounced for those who come from low-income communities.

Fellowship Plans

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Valencia will address these issues through direct legal services, community outreach and advocacy, educating on the latest frauds and scams, and providing trauma-informed civil legal services to help resolve financial issues. She plans to present information at community outreach events to increase resident awareness about potential frauds and scams and equip them with the tools necessary to avoid falling victim. Additionally, she intends to use her role as an advocate to help residents discover any potential frauds or identity theft attacks affecting them and assist in recovering funds and securing their identity.

My Equal Justice Works Fellowship has afforded me the opportunity to be a direct resource to low-income District of Columbia residents in a way that is tangible and substantial. I am proud to be a part of an organization that makes it their mission to dedicate themselves to assisting those who need it most.

Valencia Are /
2023 Crime Victims Advocacy Program Fellow

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