Allison Haar, a South Boston resident and recent law school graduate, was awarded the 2013 Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship from Rosie’s Place, a shelter and support organization.
The $40,000 fellowship is distributed annually to support women who advocate for projects that further the mission of Rosie’s Place, which is based in the South End, said a release from the group.
Haar’s project, dubbed the Dorothea Advocacy Project, will seek to provide representation to women in county jails and state prison and those struggling with reentry issues.
“I seek to change the lives of the women who face the dual challenges of mental illness and criminal history,” Haar wrote in her proposal, according to Rosie’s Place. “I believe that women in prison face different challenges and have different needs than male inmates. I also believe they are uniquely strong. My mission is to use legal education, zealous advocacy and personal mentorship to end the cycle of poverty and recidivism.”
Through the Haar's project, clients will be paired with a female attorney or law student who can provide personal advocacy and serve as a support system and positive role model.
“Through this Fellowship, we hope to provide a woman with the resources to realize a vision,” said Sue Marsh, executive director of Rosie’s Place. “This Fellowship embodies the same spirit and commitment that was the basis of Rosie’s Place’s founding.”
Haar received her J.D. degree from New England School of Law in 2013 and her B.A. degree from Emerson College.