A Victim Advocate in our Immigrant Victim Access Collaborative (IVAC), Lisa Klinman is a dedicated advocate who is passionate about immigration issues and serving others. After graduating Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Anthropology, Lisa worked with the American Refugee Committee at various refugee camps across the Myanmar-Thailand border. After joining VWSSP three years ago, she now aids in projects such as ICE Out of Courts, a movement by the Immigrant Defense Project to make courts more accessible for immigrants and cease courthouse arrests, as well as the Philadelphia Area Immigrant Collective Action (PAICA) network's COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund.
"Getting to know clients is one of the most rewarding aspects of the work that we do," said Lisa. "We tend to meet people in some of their worst moments, recovering from some of their worst experiences, and I appreciate being able to support people in accessing the resources they need and watching them heal over time."
Outside of work, Lisa enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and foraging. These hobbies are great for self-care, too: Lisa has found that spending time outdoors and taking walks help diffuse stress and promote a positive sense of wellbeing.