Survivor Advocacy Project

The Survivor Advocacy Project (SAP) builds generations of lawyers dedicated to preventing and combatting sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.  SAP provides the communities within UC Berkeley and the Bay Area with legal support aimed at empowering and supporting survivors of sexual violence. SAP instills skills of prevention, advocacy, training, empathy, cultural competency, and healing.

In the 2021-22 academic year, SAP members will work with one of two partners: 

(1) With Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO), members will work with a direct legal services provider with deep roots in Oakland and San Francisco to prevent and address domestic violence, with an emphasis on supporting members of Asian American Pacific Islander communities and immigrant communities broadly. Members will be trained in trauma-informed counseling and advocacy, develop an outreach and education project centered on APILO’s family law and domestic violence practice area, and have opportunities to observe attorneys at a cutting-edge holistic services legal center.

(2) With Queen’s Bench Bar Association of the San Francisco Bay Area (Queen’s Bench) and the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL), members will continue a partnership to develop a resolution for the Conference of California Bar Associations with proposed legislation for the state legislature to protect attorneys from sexual harassment by their clients. Members will also craft a curriculum for training attorneys to prevent and address sexual misconduct between clients and attorneys. Members will improve their research, writing, and advocacy skills.

The subject matter of sexual violence can often be difficult and triggering. We encourage students to be aware of self-care, and we seek to support all volunteers with vicarious trauma training.

Supervision: Students in SAP provide legal services under the supervision of attorneys from Queen’s Bech Bar Association and Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach.

Time Commitment: Approximately 5-10 hours per month for Queen’s Bench Project. Predicted 10-15 per for the project with APILO.

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