Equal Justice Works: ‘Stepping Up Efforts to Support LGBTQ+ Clients in the COVID-19 Era’
June 17. 2020
ERA Equal Justice Works Fellow Kel O’Hara was interviewed by Equal Justice Works about supporting LGBTQ+ clients in the COVID-19 era, particularly student survivors of gender-based violence and harassment, with a focus on Title IX.
Long delays in an investigation can prevent student survivors from healing or even cause further traumatization. It’s absolutely possible for schools to investigate and resolve these cases without students returning to campus,” said Kel.
“There are many [new challenges facing my clients], but the one I’m most worried about is social isolation. Many queer and trans students are back in unsupportive homes or experiencing housing insecurity, further affecting their ability to participate in a Title IX process and protect their own emotional wellbeing at a collectively traumatic time.