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Brenda Nogales, LL.M

Associate Director of Survivor Services

Brenda is originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia. She graduated from law school in 2000 in Bolivia where she used to be a middle school teacher and a volunteer at the Oficina Jurdica para la Mujer where she provided legal supports to victims of domestic violence. In 2003, Brenda graduated from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University where she received an LL.M. degree (Master of Law). 

As an immigrant, Brenda understands the challenges and concerns that most immigrants face when moving to a new country. She has worked extensively on behalf of immigrant survivors of crimes of violence since 2005 by providing services and supports to survivors who are eligible for U and T visas, VAWA petitions and gender-based Asylum claims (Domestic violence abroad, female genital cutting and honor killings). Currently, she oversees the Survivor Services Program at NSC that provides comprehensive case management and legal immigration services to immigrant survivors of torture, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. 

In 2019, Brenda received Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Award recognizing her as a pioneer advocate for immigrant victim's rights across Pennsylvania where she has been on the front lines of immigrant assistance and advocacy that has helped open pathways for immigrant survivors of crime and their families to access culturally and linguistic services to help them gain safety and stability.