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Verjine Adanalian

  • Hosted by Ohio Justice & Policy Center
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Law school University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

There is a need for more trauma-informed advocacy in the public interest realm. There is also a need to work with legal service providers, particularly in the more rural parts of the state, and provide education/training on Ohio’s expungement laws particularly from the trauma-informed perspective. There is a need to help create gender-responsive dockets and processes since there are only 5 courts in Ohio that have had Safe Harbor expungement cases. There is also a need to provide accessible education opportunities to the community to inform survivors of their legal options.

Verjine will offer free legal assistance and education to help survivors of human trafficking remove criminal-records-based barriers and protect their rights. Her legal assistance will expand access to Safe Harbor expungements and trauma-informed application processes while also providing targeted statewide education for professionals, courts, and other service providers.

Media

Overcoming Barriers to Long-Term Stability for Human Trafficking Survivors

I went to law school to one-day advocate for disenfranchised people and help those who are looking for their second chance. I am eager to learn from my colleagues at my host organization and through Equal Justice Works.

Verjine Adanalian /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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