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January 2019
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Fried Frank volunteer team reunites Sofia and her daughter

Sofia left her young daughter, Isabella, with extended family in Ecuador to create a better life for her and her daughter in the U.S. For years, she tried to bring Isabella to the U.S., but her father refused to let her get a passport. In the U.S., Sofia entered into a relationship with Juan. They had two children together, but Juan was abusive throughout the relationship. When Sofia cooperated with the investigation and prosecution after he assaulted her, she was able to apply for U Nonimmigrant status for herself and Isabella. Their petitions were approved October 2015 with the help of a volunteer legal team from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. When Isabella turned 18 last year, she was able to get a passport without her father’s permission. In December, mother and daughter were reunited for the first time in twelve years and Isabella finally met her siblings.
   
Sweat for Justice with our Junior Advisory Board
 
It’s a brand new year and Her Justice wants to help you with your New Year’s resolutions with our Junior Advisory Board fitness series, Sweat for Justice! We have an amazing lineup of classes that are sure to keep you sweating it out in 2019. Last Thursday, Amanda Kloots kicked off the series with an amazing dance-based toning class at Studio B / Bandier. Join us for a Barry’s Bootcamp class on February 23rd, and get ready to ride in March with SWERVE Fitness. Your participation in these classes will help Her Justice shift the power to give women and children living in poverty a real chance to access justice, escape abuse and gain financial independence. So lace up your sneakers and get ready to Sweat for Justice! Sign up here.
   
New Spanish translations of our Basics booklets, coming soon!

We are grateful to Leila Bose (L), Translator and Coordinator of Translation Services and her team at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, who so generously offered to translate our revised series of Basics booklets into Spanish! Targeted to individuals appearing in court without an attorney, the Basics Series provides matter-of-fact instructions for obtaining child support, spousal support, custody and visitation, divorces, and orders of protection. Thanks to Leila, we will be adding two more topics - Getting an Order of Protection and Custody and Visitation - to the Spanish translations of the entire series which are coming soon to the Her Justice website. View our library of available booklets here.
   

Save the date for this year's Red Party!

While our heads may be stuck in the shivering cold of a January in New York City, our hearts are definitely dreaming about hot, hot, hot! Mark your calendars for the Junior Advisory Board's signature event, The Red Party, on Wednesday, July 24th and heat up your day with thoughts of great food, delicious cocktails, and terrific company on a hot summer’s night. This year we’re going somewhere different – Current, New York City’s breeziest waterfront venue in Chelsea Piers. Don’t forget to wear red!

   

Reflections from Her Justice Executive Director Amy Barasch

Since the work of Her Justice frequently connects to current events, our Executive Director has begun writing regular pieces that put the news into a ‘Her Justice context.’ We hope it provides our friends and supporters with a greater understanding of our day-to-day. So watch this space for some upcoming reflections from Amy Barasch, and in the meantime, here’s a link to her December piece on LinkedIn, ‘Parenting While Poor,’ reacting to the videotaped arrest of Jazmine Headley in a NYC welfare office.

   
Her Justice welcomes Liv Smith!

Welcome to the newest member of the Her Justice team, Development Coordinator Liv Smith! After working in event coordination as an Administrative Assistant at BuzzFeed, Liv realized she wanted to continue working to give a voice to those who are often silenced in society. After volunteering for nonprofits supporting survivors of domestic violence, Liv found Her Justice and seized the opportunity to join our team. Liv is excited about helping to plan and execute our upcoming events and other projects and we're excited to have her on board!
   
Her Justice in the News

Her Justice Executive Director Amy Barasch and Senior Staff Attorney Diane Feniello were interviewed by Allison Brecher, host of The Nonprofit Voice on Long Island News Radio about the work of Her Justice and the importance of free legal help for women living in poverty. Listen here!

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