Lawyers Against Abuse

Johannesburg, South Africa

Lindsay Hensonhas been awarded a PSVF fellowship, in addition to a Knox Traveling Fellowship and Henigson Human Rights Fellowship, to join Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lindsay’s work with LvA will focus on three main areas: providing direct legal services to victims of gender-based violence, creating a comprehensive database of cases to systematically document shortcomings of the justice system and mistreatment of victims, and developing strategic partnerships with police units to improve their response to gender-based violence, increase police legitimacy within communities, and remove barriers to access to justice. While at HLS, Lindsay participated in the Gender Violence Legal Policy Workshop and the International Human Rights Clinic and interned with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit and the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston. She has also been a research assistant to Diane Rosenfeld, Lecturer and Director of the Gender Violence Program; a participant in the Global Movement to End Violence Against Women Study Group at the Kennedy School; and an international student advisor for the Office of Public Interest Advising. During law school, Lindsay completed summer internships in India at the Human Rights Law Network and in Bangladesh at the Bangladesh at the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association. Prior to law school, Lindsay completed a fellowship in the Philippines with International Justice Mission working to combat sex trafficking in the region.