Julia A. Sáenz
Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow
Telesca Center for Justice
1 West Main Street, Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 295-5721 Fax (585) 454-2518
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Julia Sáenz is the Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow with the Civil Rights, Employment and Education & Domestic Violence and Family Law units in Empire Justice Center's Rochester office.
As the 2013 - 2015 Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow, Julia will be spearheading her “LGBT Rights Project” in Rochester for the next two years in Western and Central New York. Her work includes community outreach, civil rights litigation, and legislative advocacy for low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer clients. Julia’s litigation caseload focuses on employment, education, housing, and public accommodations discrimination and immigration matters. She proudly serves as Co-Chair of the Monroe County Bar Association’s LGBT Committee.
Julia graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law in May 2013. At BU Law, she worked in the Civil Litigation Housing, Employment, Family & Disability Clinic and externed with the ACLU of Massachusetts. As a summer legal intern, Julia worked for the New York State Division of Human Rights in Albany and the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts in Boston. She also volunteered with the Black and Pink pen pal program for LGBTQ prisoners by processing letters and sending advocacy materials to prisons across the United States. Prior to law school, Julia was the Outreach Project Director at the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In that role, she presented statewide trainings on anti-violence and LGBTQ cultural competency and engaged in legislative advocacy.
Julia graduated summa cum laude from New York University with her undergraduate degree in social work. While attending NYU, she concentrated her clinical and policy work on the LGBT communities and completed her social work fieldwork at the Ali Forney Center and Sanctuary for Families in New York City. Julia began her social justice advocacy in high school by serving as her school’s Gay Straight Alliance President and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) NY Capital Region Youth Board Member.