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Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

Growing up in her Central American country, our client dreamed of coming to the United States and getting an education. When she was 16,  a friend connected her with a man in the US who claimed to be a wealthy benefactor who wanted to pay for her education.  This stranger sponsored her trip to the US. The day she arrived, he told her that he had purchased her for $3000, and that she was obligated to have sexual relations with him whenever he wanted. For years, he kept her at his home, abusing her physically and sexually, and she was not allowed to go to school.  She eventually gave birth to a child that he had fathered.  Eventually, our client heard her abuser on the phone purchasing another girl from her country, and she worked up the courage to escape with her child.  The man continued to stalk her, so she sought help and filed for a protective order.  A pro bono attorney working with LSNV won her the protective order in J&DR court, and an LSNV staff attorney helped her keep that order after her abuser appealed it. LSNV coordinated with an immigration attorney at an area nonprofit to file for a Trafficking Visa, and she was also able to win sole custody of her child.

 

VA Law Help 2 Go

The VA Law Help 2 Go is a program that will enable those who use smartphones and other mobile devices to access brief informational videos about common civil legal issues in Virginia.  The program was spearheaded by LSNV in partnership with the Virginia Legal Aid Society and Blue Ridge Legal Services and funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Technology Innovative Initiative Grant program. This technology initiative advances LSC’s goal of enabling users to accessportant legal information when and where it’s convenient for them.

For more information visit:  http://www.valawhelp2go.org/banner_Poster

 

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Announcing the Rule 6.1 Society

LSNV is proud to announce the Rule 6.1 Society, a new program to recognize and thank attorneys who perform at least 40 hours of pro bono work annually.  Members of the Society receive an attractive lapel pin, a frame-able certificate of appreciation, and recognition on the LSNV website.

Rule 6.1 of the Virginia State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct says that “a lawyer should render at least two percent per year of the lawyer’s professional time to pro bono publico legal services.”  

That 2% works out to be about 40 hours a year (Virginia Lawyer, February 2014). Our pro bono attorneys lend their expertise on issues as wide ranging as consumer advocacy, family law, housing, elder law and much more.  We could not fulfill our mission to achieve equal justice and to provide hope and empowerment to thousands of Northern Virginians each year without their help. 

The first year that attorneys qualify for membership in the Society, they will be Bronze members.  The second year that they do they will be Silver members.  Attorneys qualifying for three or more years will be Gold members.  The attorneys who volunteered for 40 or more hours in 2015 are listed below.  We are so grateful to them all.

If you are interested in finding out more about our pro bono program, or wish to volunteer, please contact our pro bono office.

Rule 6.1 Society Members
Bronze Members for 2016 
  1. Amy Bradley
  2. Sara Dajani
  3. Malika Elkettani
  4. Muhammed Elsayed
  5. Carly Jehlen
  6. Anastasia Kranias
  7. Mikhail Lopez
  8. Gina Marine
  9. John Roche
  10. Charles Rothermel
  11. Ramika Stephens
  12. K. Leigh Taylor
Silver Members for 2016
  1.  Stephen Fowler
  2. Carolyn Grimes
  3. Laura O’Brien
  4. Dan Schy
  5. Robert Walker
  6. Susan Wuchinich

To nominate yourself, or a colleague, please contact our pro bono office.