Adjunct Professor Anne S. Bautista ’97, director of California Western’s Immigration Clinic, will be honored by Kalusugan + Kalakasan at the organization’s 25th anniversary dinner on November 10.
“It is an honor to be recognized for my work on behalf of domestic violence survivors in San Diego County,” Bautista says. “For the past 20 years, it has been my mission to help the voiceless in our society to be able to come forward. I thank California Western for helping shape my career with the endless opportunities given to me as a law student to do volunteer work in the public interest field.”
Bautista, who teaches Women and Immigration Law—a course which takes a critical look at the effect of immigration laws and policies on women immigrating to the United States—supervises the law school’s Immigration Clinic, working with Access, Inc. and the Operation Samahan medical-legal clinic in National City, offering assistance to those seeking lawful immigration status, employment verification, and public assistance under provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She founded the Access, Inc. VAWA Legal Program in 1997, and has since successfully represented thousands of women and children.
Professor Bautista has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of victims and survivors, and trained both advocates and students on the protections available to immigrant victims under VAWA. She recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Diego Domestic Violence Council for her work to eradicate domestic violence. Bautista also serves on the board of Silayan Filipina as the director of education, proposing and organizing topics that need to be discussed in the community, such as bullying, grant writing, and sexual harassment.
To support the Access, Inc. VAWA Legal Program’s pro bono work on behalf of immigrant and refugee victims in San Diego County, click here: https://www.crowdrise.com/accessinc.