Boston University School of Law

Julie A. Dahlstrom

Lecturer in Law
Managing Attorney, Lutheran Social Services of New England

BA, cum laude, Boston College
JD, cum laude, Boston College School of Law

E-mail: jadahl@bu.edu
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Julie Dahlstrom is clinical legal fellow at Boston University School of Law where she oversees the Human Trafficking Clinic, which was named one of top 25 most innovative clinics by preLaw magazine in 2014. The Clinic is unique in its focus on holistic, multi-disciplinary lawyering and building sustainable law enforcement partnerships. The Clinic is co-located at the Family Justice Center, which includes the Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Units of the Boston Police Department as well as a variety of victim services agencies. This allows the Clinic students to work collaboratively with law enforcement and other professionals while recognizing their unique—and sometimes conflicting—role(s) when advocating for clients. The Clinic also receives referrals from local, state, and federal law enforcement, many of whom lecture in the Clinic. Speakers have included the Massachusetts Attorney General, the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and various federal and state law enforcement officials.

Julie Dahlstrom is also the Managing Attorney of the Immigration Legal Assistance Program at Ascentria Care Alliance. She has represented numerous clients applying for T-visas as trafficking survivors, U-visas as survivors of violent crime, asylum, and relief under the Violence Against Women Act. Ms. Dahlstrom is the co-chair of the U- and T-visa Working Group at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. She also co-chairs of the Public Service Subcommittee of the Immigration Committee of the Boston Bar Association and is a member of the Human Trafficking Subcommittee of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force, chaired by the Attorney General, and she has served as the co-chair of the Victim Services Subcommittee and a member of the Labor Trafficking Subcommittee. Ms. Dahlstrom received a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.

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