Legal Assistance for Victims Chapter from the 2016 Biennial Report to Congress
Read about program accomplishments from July 2013 - June 2015 and hear from grantees in their own words.
Expanding the LAV grant to serve sexual assault victims seeking asylum allowed us to respond to an urgent need in the community. These victims are some of the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach; we continue to see a high number of young sexual assault victims, primarily teenage girls and women. Expanding the grant to include these victims has allowed Centro to work closely with Oakland and
Hayward Unified School Districts to reach young mothers and teenagers, as well as with community- and faith-based groups to make sure that we are connecting as quickly as possible with victims upon their arrival in our community. Once Centro begins working with asylum seekers to provide legal services, they are able to immediately connect them to LAV partners for additional support services that they desperately need and were not previously aware of.