2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Tram Nguyen
Name of Host Organization: Greater Boston Legal Services
City, State: Boston, Massachusetts
Issue area: Domestic Violence
Sponsors: Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women
This project is a collaboration between Equal Justice Works, Greater Boston Legal Services, Inc. (GBLS) and the Community Advocacy Program of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. (CCHERS) (CAP) to provide culturally competent, comprehensive bilingual legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault in the highly underserved Vietnamese immigrant community in Greater Boston.
Why Is This Project Important?:
The Inspiration I am an immigrant from Vietnam who grew up in Massachusetts in a working-class immigrant family. As a college intern with Greater Boston Legal Services, I saw first-hand the impact that public interest lawyers can have on the lives of indigent clients who have nowhere else to turn. As result of that experience, I was inspired to become a lawyer to help communities of color, especially the Vietnamese American community. I made up my mind then to pursue a law degree in hopes that one day I could have a broader impact in the fight for human rights and protecting disenfranchised individuals against injustices.
Making the connection:
Prior to and during law school, I was a board member for Survivors Inc., where I helped them with their quarterly newspaper by translating some of their articles into Vietnamese. I worked very closely with victims of domestic violence, and I quickly became committed to supporting and assisting these victims with both their legal and non-legal needs.
1. The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide - Meizhu Lui, Bárbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson 2. Intimate Partner Violence, Employment,and the Workplace Consequences and Future Directions - Jennifer E. Swanberg, TK Logan, and Caroline Macke 3. Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White – Frank H. Wu
Words to live by:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou