On September 22, the New York City Anti Violence Project (AVP) honored Virginia Goggin, Coordinator of NYLAG’s LGBT Law Project, at its 15th Annual Courage Awards. Established in 1997, the awards honor those who display particular “courage” – whether in the course of living their lives, providing outstanding services, advocating for social change, or improving public policy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

As Coordinator of the LGBT Law Project, Ms. Goggin provides free legal consultation and representation on a wide array of matters to low-income LGBT New Yorkers. Ms. Goggin offers Know Your Rights trainings to community members as well as cultural competency workshops on serving LGBT community members for legal and social service providers.

Ms. Goggin received recognition specifically for her role as a partnering attorney in AVP’s new Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. This free and confidential Legal Clinic is a collaborative service between AVP, NYLAG, Sanctuary for Families, and the Urban Justice Center. The Clinic offers free legal consultations to LGBT victims and survivors of intimate partner violence.

After receiving the award alongside her two colleagues from the Clinic, Ms. Goggin said, “It’s a tremendous honor to share the stage with such hard working individuals who embody the spirit and mission of the NYC AVP.”