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Identifying and Advocating For High Needs Clients


As sexual assault advocates, we seek to provide thoughtful, client-centered services to a survivor left vulnerable and traumatized after they have experienced sexual violence. But what do you do when the client may feel difficult to work with because of their own personality or background? How do you advocate for a nonresponsive client, a client with cognitive disabilities, or a client who is in constant chaos? In this webinar, we will look at common client scenarios and how to identify and proactively respond to survivors who may need extra attention or special assistance, with the objective of providing participants with concrete resources and strategies.

Trainer: Riddhi Mukhopadhyay

Riddhi Mukhopadhyay is the Coordinating Attorney for Outreach and Specialized Services at the Sexual Violence Legal Services (SVLS), a program of YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish. She has represented victims of sexual violence, specializing in working with clients with challenges in accessing justice based on mental illness, developmental disabilities, limited English proficiency, and immigration status. She oversees SVLS's free confidential legal hotline providing information to survivors, and technical assistance to attorneys and advocates statewide. Prior to SVLS, Riddhi worked at the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel (DAC), representing individuals with mental health issues in criminal defense and in civil commitment proceedings. Before that, Riddhi was a Berkeley Law Foundation Legal Fellow and staff attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), advocating for detained immigrants with cognitive impairments. She provides bilingual legal services in Spanish, and also speaks Bengali and Hindi. Riddhi received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

Recording and Materials

Reviewed: June 23rd, 2016