Lesley E. Orloff

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Leslye E. Orloff is vice president and director of Legal Momentum's Immigrant Women Program. She joined Legal Momentum's Washington, D.C. office in September 1999 to found and direct the Immigrant Women Program (IWP) which advocates for laws, policies and practices that enhance the legal rights of immigrant women and immigrant victims of violence against women. IWP focuses on improved access to immigration benefits, the justice system, public benefits, social services and health care.

Leslye is a co-founder and co-chair of the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women and is the Washington, D.C. spokesperson for that organization. In that capacity she was involved in drafting the Protection for Immigrant Victims of Violence Against Women of  Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and again in 2000 and 2005 and in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and 2008, legal services access for battered immigrants in 1997 and welfare access for battered immigrants in 1996. She has written local and national training curricula and manuals and is a nationally respected trainer of attorneys, victim advocates, police, judges, and health professionals on domestic violence, cultural competency, family law, protection orders, the Violence Against Women's Act's immigration provisions, welfare rights of battered immigrant women and the nexus between domestic violence and immigration law.

During her 17-year litigation career prior to joining Legal Momentum, Leslye founded and directed the domestic violence program at Ayuda, a legal services agency that served the interrelated legal and social service needs of battered immigrant women and children. She has also published numerous social science journal and law review articles on immigrant victims' legal rights and experience with domestic violence and sexual assault.

Leslye's work on behalf of immigrant women has received national recognition, including the 2007 Sheila Wellstone Award awarded to the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women, the 2007 Annual Rosalynn B. Bell Award, presented to Leslye by the Women’s Law Center of Maryland for her contributions to the field of family law, a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship in 1994 and a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Law Fellowship in 2002.

Leslye received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Brandeis University.

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