Her Justice: Helping Women in Poverty Face Issues of Divorce
On this week’s “Financially Ever After”, Stacy is joined by Laura Israel Sinrod (Senior Staff Attorney) and Rachel Braunstein (Managing Policy Attorney), two powerhouse legal professionals whose work with NYC not-for-profit, Her Justice, helps provide family and matrimonial law assistance to women in poverty, many of whom are survivors of domestic violence.
Listen in as Rachel, Laura and Stacy discuss the history of this 25-year-old organization, talk about the unique issues faced by Her Justice’s clients, and share some of the ways the volunteer lawyers of Her Justice support their extremely vulnerable clientele, including:
• How Her Justice’s unique “Pro-Bono First” model allows training and mentorship for more than 1,800 legal volunteers who are then able to provide services to more than 9,000 women and children (80% of whom are survivors of domestic abuse). [3:45]
• The top issues that women in poverty face when going through divorce, including compounding of issues such as financial illiteracy, custody and parenting, and financial isolation. [10:10]
• How women in poverty face additional collateral consequences of litigation: from lost income to facing an abusive partner.[18:30]
• Why Her Justice’s lawyers are trained not just in the substance of the legal issues, but also in empowering their clients with knowledge and information and ability to make decisions. [20:10]
For more information on Lisa and Rachel, and additional resources from this show:
Rachel Braunstein | W: HerJustice.org P: (212)695-3800
Laura Israel Sinrod | W: HerJustice.org P: (212)695-3800
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