Advocacy Manager, Texas Legal Services Center – Crime Victims Program; Co-Chair, Austin Travis County SARRT, Austin, TX
Neva Fernandez is the Advocacy Manager in the Crime Victims Program at Texas Legal Services Center. This program provides direct representation to victims of violent crimes across the state of Texas. She has worked exclusively with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the criminal and civil justice system.
Ms. Fernandez has a M.A. in sociology from New York University and has benefited by working as an advocate both within law enforcement, and in an advocacy organization where she currently serves in legal aid. For the better part of her career, Ms. Fernandez has interviewed victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also performs direct advocacy with law enforcement, court staff, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Texas Attorney General’s office.
With over $800,000 in grants she has written and managed for the Travis County Attorney’s office, Ms. Fernandez also conducts training in Texas on advocacy and holistic approaches to civil legal remedies for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.