Atlanta

Blastlanta students will be working with two Atlanta organizations, the Atlanta Volunteer Legal Foundation’s Safe & Stable Families Project and Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network’s Victims of Violence Program, that serve communities affected by domestic violence and human trafficking. Students will have the opportunity to do legal work in support of these organizations over the course of spring break, either in-person or remotely. The work will depend on our partner organizations’ needs and client caseloads, but may include: conducting legal intake and consultation of clients; preparing client pleadings for protective orders; advising clients through the processes of obtaining protective orders, completing asylum applications, or assisting in other immigration matters; and working on research-based projects. Research projects could focus on policy initiatives, new AVLF or GAIN programs, and how COVID-19 is impacting clients and their needs, including with regard to housing and food scarcity, increased interpersonal violence during shelter in place, and the uncertainty of immigration policy. Leading up to Spring Break, we will engage with various resources to better understand the intersecting factors that influence domestic violence and human trafficking, and the legal needs of clients impacted by these experiences.

Time Commitment:In addition to the entirety of Spring Break, we will meet once monthly for a training on various legal topics and skills related to interpersonal violence, as well as host some social events throughout the year. These dates will be determined at the beginning of the fall semester to accommodate participants’ schedules.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at blastlanta@berkeley.edu.

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