Visionary Voice Award Recipient advocates for LGBTQ and Immigrant Survivors
May 12, 2019
The Rainbow Times, By: Audrey Cole/TRT Reporter
BOSTON—Late April, Hema Sarang-Sieminski was honored with the Visionary Voice Award for their outstanding activism and legal advocacy on behalf of survivors of sexual violence and partner abuse, particularly within the LGBTQ and immigrant communities, according to the organization that presented the award.
“Throughout their career, Hema has brought focused, skilled and passionate leadership to uphold the dignity of all survivors and engage in the complex work that is required at the intersection of violence, trauma, and oppression,” said Debra J. Robbin, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc., (JDI) the Massachusetts-based organization that nominated Sarang-Sieminski for the Visionary Voice Award. “We are proud to recognize Hema for her extraordinary advocacy on behalf of individuals, and also for her broader influence in promoting the understanding and incorporating of intersectionality throughout our field of work.”
Sarang-Sieminski, a senior attorney at the Victim Rights Law Center, has been working with survivors of partner abuse and sexual violence for nearly 20 years. Likewise, she has dedicated her life’s work to addressing the vast intersectionalities and subsequent oppression often faced by marginalized communities.
“I began my legal career as an immigration attorney for survivors because of the violence I saw being enacted by institutions that survivors were forced to navigate each and every day,” Sarang-Sieminski said. “Not only were survivors attempting to