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Wesleigh Anderson

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

The Project

Survivors of human trafficking often face a complex array of legal obstacles, ranging from access to basic needs such as food, shelter, and childcare, to benefits and rights like immigration status adjustment and victims’ compensation. 

Wesleigh provided holistic representation to survivors that ensured that all their legal needs were met with no-cost, culturally competent, and comprehensive legal services. Additionally, through this Fellowship, Wesleigh strengthened the network of service providers in Connecticut to engage all clients and increased the appreciation among clients and providers for the importance of civil legal services. 

As a law student and a Connecticut lawyer, Wesleigh gained experience in a broad range of practice areas, including family, immigration, disability, and housing. He worked extensively with low-income clients who had been disenfranchised in various ways by the legal system, and worked to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to be heard, regardless of their ability to access or afford legal representation. 

Through the Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship, Wesleigh helped to increase access and improve outcomes in civil legal services in Connecticut by providing direct legal services and by working with existing service providers to create a service continuum that meaningfully addresses all of the clients’ various needs. 

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