The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women & Girls

Court Advocacy

Court Adv Pg, gavel graphicThe YWCA employs bilingual SAFEPLAN advocates housed full-time in the Lawrence and Haverhill District Courts. SAFEPLAN Advocates work year-round, every day that the court is in session, assisting over 1200 domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in obtaining protective & harassment orders, and other related legal support.

Immigration services for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence includes:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and culturally competent assistance with restraining orders and risk assessment;
  • Providing victims with information regarding  their rights;
  • Assistance helping to navigate the court system, including accompaniment and support in the court room;
  • Assistance and aid with immigration-related legal questions, and linkage to free or low cost legal and immigration services;
  • Provide safety planning and referrals to victim service agencies;
  • Working to educate local police departments and court personnel about domestic violence.

For information or assistance, email Arelis Huertas, or call her at 978.682.3039, x2112.

You may also visit with staff directly at the Lawrence District Court, 2 Appleton Street, Lawrence, or at the Haverhill District Court, 45 Ginty Boulevard, Haverhill.