Meg Smithson joined FLU as a paralegal in January. A certified rape crisis counselor, Ms. Smithson comes to NYLAG from the Anti-Violence Project (AVP), where she spent two years as an intake counselor and administrative assistant.

At AVP Ms. Smithson helped run a 24- hour crisis hotline for LGBTQ people and counseled hundreds of clients in emergency situations, including victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Ms. Smithson’s responsibilities at NYLAG include conducting intake interviews, assisting with uncontested divorces, and advocating in the New York City Family Courts. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2006, where she became fluent in Spanish.