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Drum roll… new staffers!

We have three new staff members we can’t wait for you to get to know!

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Carissa Anaya (she/her) is ELAP’s new Housing Coordinator. Carissa will support our team of housing attorneys working with renters in King County who are facing eviction and other housing-related challenges. Thank you to King County for providing financial support for this position. Carissa previously worked for the Snohomish County Superior Court and Smokey Point Behavioral Health Hospital. She was a Clinic Coordinator for ELAP from 2018-2019. We’re happy to have her back!

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Sonja Jacobsen (she/her), JD, has been hired as an ELAP Domestic Violence Attorney. As part of ELAP’s partnership with the domestic violence agency DAWN, Sonja will work on-site at DAWN. Our domestic violence staff attorneys work with people throughout King County who are experiencing violence and harassment by an intimate partner. Sonja previously worked at the King County Office of Public Defense and for the Washington State Offices of Public Defense and Civil Legal Aid, representing parents and children in juvenile dependency cases. She earned her law degree at the University of Washington.

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Katelyn Monaco (she/her) has been hired as Washington Pro Bono Council and Dementia Legal Planning Project Coordinator. Her position is supported by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and hosted at ELAP. Katelyn previously worked at the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, OCA-Asian American Pacific Advocates and Teach for America. She has a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.

Meet all of our amazing staff members on our website.

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