Sophia joined IJC in August 2022 as Fellowship Manager. In her former role with the HIV/AIDs Representation Project (HARP) at the Legal Aid Society, she reported to the Supervising Attorney and was responsible for the smooth and effective operations of the project. This included coordination of intake (on- and off-site), development of community educational materials, staff supervision, grant management, and reporting. She also liaised with internal and external stakeholders while advocating for clients in need of assistance, ensuring that they have access to available resources. Her strength is in problem-solving and creating systems to get work completed more efficiently.
During her tenure as Director of Programs Community Partnerships at the NYC Family Justice Center in the Bronx (FJC), she created, developed, and implemented core training programs for all new staff, volunteers, and interns of various professional backgrounds. The management team within the FJC sought to establish these core trainings in order to impart baseline knowledge about the dynamics of domestic violence for new hires. She was part of the administrative team overseeing day-to-day operations of the Center. This entailed providing technical support and guidance to attorneys, paralegals, clinicians with direct supervision to onsite case managers and frontline staff. She advocated for clients by acting as a liaison to outside social service and legal organizations including shelters, Administration for Children’s Services, and the District Attorney’s office.
Sophia received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from State University College at Buffalo.