2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Samantha Kubek

Samantha Kubek

Name of Host Organization: New York Legal Assistance Group
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: Greystone & Co., Inc.; Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The Project

Create women's rights legal clinics at VA medical centers in New York City that provide legal assistance to female veterans.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Female veterans face a unique set of legal issues, particularly regarding public benefits, family law, and housing, as they return home from serving their country. Many female veterans are not comfortable seeking help at male-dominated VA health centers, and finding a safe space in which to meet their needs can be difficult. The project will expand New York City’s women veterans’ access to legal advice and support, and will afford a safe space to go for help for their specific legal needs.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Samantha is the right person for the project because:
• She was drawn to working with survivors of trauma through her own personal experience as a survivor
• She has previous experience working on women’s rights and family law issues, as well as the effects of military sexual trauma on female veterans
• She is dedicated to fighting for the rights of women and in ensuring that female veterans have a safe space in which to receive help

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