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Intimate Partner Violence and Technology Abuse 2019: Representing the Legal Services Client in the New York State Courts

Speaker(s): Andrew J. Sta. Ana, Isabel Heine, Lindsey M. Song, Terry Lawson
Recorded on: Aug. 8, 2019
PLI Program #: 248033

Andrew Sta. Ana is the Director of Legal Services at Day One. Through direct legal services and advocacy, Andrew works to amplify the voices of young survivors and to promote healthy relationships. Nationwide, Andrew trains on dating violence, the rights of young people, serving LGBTQ survivors, and cyberharassment. He has served as an expert trainer with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. In 2019, the National LGBT  Bar Association recognized Andrew as one of the nation’s best LGBTQ+ Lawyers under 40.  In 2018, Andrew was appointed to the Biden Foundation’s advisory council on Violence against Women. In 2016, Andrew became an adjunct clinical professor at New York Law School to direct the nation’s first law school based legal clinic to serve victims of cyberharassment. In 2015, Andrew was named a Movement Maker by the NoVo Foundation's Move to End Violence.

He is a proud graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and a born and raised New Yorker.

Isabel Heine is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Family and Immigration Unit at Bronx Legal Services. Ms. Heine is a 2014 graduate of Seton Hall Law School where she pursued a Concentration in Health Law and was honored for her outstanding contribution to the Immigrants’ Rights and International Human Rights Clinic at Seton Hall’s Center for Social Justice.

Thereafter, Ms. Heine joined Bronx Legal Services. In her practice, Ms. Heine represents the borough’s immigrants, with a focus on survivors of intimate partner violence, in a holistic practice comprised of their family law and immigration law needs. These matters include orders of protection, custody and visitation, and divorce cases, as well as asylum, U/T visas, VAWA self-petitions, SIJS petitions, and many other forms of immigration relief in an affirmative and defensive posture.

Ms. Heine regularly conducts community outreach throughout the Bronx, provides trainings on such topics as Electronic Evidence in New York State Courts and Technology Abuse, and has testified on behalf of Legal Services NYC in hearings before the New York City Council on issues affecting immigrants.

Lindsey Song is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) at Sanctuary for Families. Lindsey represents indigent victims of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Courts throughout New York City. Lindsey is the co-chair of the New York Cyber Sexual Abuse Task Force, a collaboration of agencies, attorneys, and advocates working to end cyber sexual abuse.

Lindsey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 2011, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2014. Prior to joining Sanctuary in 2015, Lindsey worked as the judicial law clerk to Judge Heidi Pasichow, D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge.

Terry Lawson is the Director of Bronx Legal Services's (BLS) Family and Immigration Unit. Terry has been representing survivors of intimate partner violence in a wide range of family, matrimonial, and immigration law matters for the past twelve years. She is the co-founder of the Bronx Immigration Partnership and co-runs the Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable. She is an active member of the NYS Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court, the ICE Out of Courts Coalition, and the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence. Prior to joining BLS, Terry was a litigation associate with Sidley Austin LLP, where she represented Her Justice clients through its pro bono and externship programs. Terry has a bachelor’s degree from Yale, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard, and a Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown.