Contact: Elizabeth Coplan
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Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) Nominated for Take Action Against Domestic Violence Award

SEATTLE – IFAP has been nominated this year for one of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCCADV)'s Take Action Awards. IFAP was founded in 1996 by Prof. Ramasastry, among others, as a partnership between the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the law school; the partnership continues to this day. IFAP trains and matches volunteer law students - many of them 1Ls - with pro bono attorneys and immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

KCCADV's mission is "to work to end domestic violence by facilitating collective action for social change." Toward that end, every year, KCCADV honors a small number of individuals and/or groups who have "done something to raise awareness about domestic violence, to help those dealing with it, or to help find solutions to the problem."

The current faculty advisers are Sylvia Kang'ara and Signe Dortch. Each year there are roughly 50 students taking cases in pairs and working with supervising pro bono attorneys from the community.

These are the students serving on this academic year's steering committee:

Co- Presidents: Caleb Stewart & Lauren McElroy

Secretary: Dylan Tessier

Treasurer: Janice Goh

Training/Case Managers: Tony Ramsey & Janet Gwilym

Webmaster: Maria Manza

Advisory Board Liaison: MariRuth Petzing

Database manager: Jennifer Howard

Event Coordinator: Ariana Flores

IFAP Fellow: Alison Gaffney

This year the event takes place on Thursday, October 27, 2011, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144

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