Shani Adess

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Shani is the Associate Director of NYLAG’s Domestic Violence Law, and the Project Director of Project RISE. Shani works with survivors of domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault, both adults and immigrant youth.  In addition to her own practice, Shani supervises staff who serve these populations through direct representation in matrimonial, family law, immigration law matters. Shani leads trainings and participates in panels in related substantive law; working with survivors of trauma and abuse; trauma’s psychological, physical, and physiological impacts; and provision of client-centered trauma-informed representation. She is a Co-Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee and Judiciary Committee with the New York Women's Bar Association, and a member of the Lawyer's Committee Against Domestic Violence, the New York City Bar Association, and the ICE out of Courts Coalition.  Previously, Shani was the Senior Supervising Attorney for Safe Horizon’s Immigration Law Project (Dec 2015 – August 2017), and an Advocacy and Communications officer with Jesuit Refugee Services in the Southern Africa Region (2009-2010).  Shani has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Emory University and a JD from Georgetown University Law School in 2009 with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Services.

Associate Director, NYLAG Domestic Violence Law/Project Director, Project RISE