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Social Work at Public Counsel

Public Counsel’s social workers offer holistic and collaborative social-emotional support to our clients in the Children’s Rights, Immigrants’ Rights, and Women & Girls’ Rights Projects. The support is grounded in trauma-informed, healing-centered, anti-racist methodology.

The social work team offers education to Public Counsel staff and volunteers on compassion fatigue, trauma-informed practice, client-centered ideology, boundary setting, and skills for working with clients in crisis. By partnering with clients and coworkers, our social workers strengthen the legal interventions we seek for our clients.

The Social Work Team

Bernadette Gholami

Senior Social Worker

Carrie Vereide

Social Worker

Cindy Franco

Social Worker

Judy Verduzco

Director of Social Work

Mara Ziegler

Senior Social Worker

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