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Susheela Varky

Virginia Poverty Law Center
Director, Center for Family Advocacy; Staff Attorney, Domestic and Sexual Violence
Richmond, VA
Susheela Varky has been involved in the public interest arena for over 29 years. In DC, she gained national and local experience in housing and women's issues at organizations such as McAuley Institute, The National Housing Trust and Women Empowered Against Violence. In 1998, she joined the national drafting committee of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and helped write VAWA's original housing provisions. Since moving to Richmond in 2003, Ms. Varky has worked for Legal Information Network for Cancer, the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia and is currently a staff attorney for Virginia Poverty Law Center.

At the Court, Ms. Varky worked with other state agencies to improve domestic violence protective order policies and procedures in six diverse localities in Virginia. Since September 2007, Ms. Varky has continued her work in the domestic and sexual violence arena as a staff attorney for Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC), the statewide support organization for local legal aid offices in Virginia, collaborating with state and local stakeholders, conducting trainings, engaging in advocacy, providing legal consultations and taking compelling domestic violence- or sexual violence immigration-related cases through VPLC's Legal Assistance to Victim-Immigrants of Domestic Abuse (LA VIDA) Project. In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Varky leads VPLC's Center for Family Advocacy, where she oversees team members' work on family law, immigration, child welfare and elder law issues.

Ms. Varky received her B.A. from Tufts University in 1986 and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at The American University in 1993. She is licensed in VA, DC and in PA and lives in Richmond, VA.