In February, three FLU attorneys participated in a week-long exchange program with family and domestic violence professionals from across Israel. The trip was organized by the UJAFederation Family Violence Task Force.

FLU Director Kim Susser and attorneys Amy Hozer and Kirsten Brodsky toured Israeli domestic violence shelters, counseling centers, and treatment centers, as well as a treatment program for violent men. The attorneys visited facilities that work with Russian and Ethiopian immigrants, trafficking victims and sex workers, as well as marginalized Bedouins.

FLU attorneys shared their expertise as well. Along with Shana Frydman of Met Council, and Mara Schecter and Donna Dougherty of JASA, Ms. Susser presented on New York’s Family Justice Centers, a court initiative that serves family violence victims holistically by bringing social services, legal services, and criminal prosecution services together in one location. Ms. Brodsky presented on the challenges and rewards of her work in the US with Russian immigrants.

FLU’s attorneys took home valuable lessons from the exchange, which Ms. Brodsky called “one of the most amazing and interesting educational experiences in my life.” Ms. Susser was particularly interested to learn about the unique role of social workers and psychologists in Israeli family law practices.