Jenny Katzman is from Morristown, NJ and attended Colby College. As a New York Corps member, she served as a Project Assistant at Sanctuary for Families.
What are your plans for next year?
I am going to be working at another legal services organization, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). There, I will help families who are survivors of domestic violence with their family law issues.
How has AVODAH influenced your plans?
AVODAH inspired me to continue working in a field related to my AVODAH placement. Through my job at Sanctuary for Families, I learned in depth about issues facing survivors of domestic violence and about legal immigration remedies available. Through AVODAH I learned about other issues in New York City such as housing and public assistance that are also applicable to what I do at work. In our programs we discussed issues of social justice and unequal access in similar ways to sociology and urban studies classes, but we were also able to analyze the successes and inefficiencies of organizations, similar to the ones we work for, which strive to create social change. My experience through AVODAH both at work and through programming was very supportive and inspired me to continue working to help survivors of domestic violence.
What is one thing you learned this past year in AVODAH?
I've learned how there is such a tremendous need for services for people who are survivors of domestic violence. Our intake lines are constantly receiving calls and you have to work hard to keep up with them. It is so important for people who are in domestic violence situations to realize that they do not have to live that way. It is by no means easy, but there are service providers who will sit down with someone, listen to them and validate their experiences, and figure out what legal and other services will help put their family in a safer and healthier situation. Most importantly, I've met so many people who are so strong. I admire how they manage to get beyond seemingly insurmountable economic and social obstacles.