Vivian Huelgo joined the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence as Chief Counsel in 2010. Under her leadership, the Commission has expanded its reach and solidified its mission to increase access to justice for victims of domestic & sexual violence by mobilizing the legal profession. Over the last several years, Vivian has established a broad, inclusive vision for the Commission’s work, sponsoring critical policy, increasing its online presence, doubling funding for training and technical assistance to lawyers nationally, and establishing the Task Force on Human Trafficking, while also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Commission.
Vivian has worked at the intersection of law and gender-based violence for twenty years. She started her legal career as a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Vivian served as Director of Legal Services at Safe Horizon, Inc. the nation’s largest crime victim’s agency. As Community Law Project Director at Sanctuary for Families, she managed staff attorneys and pro bono lawyers representing domestic violence and human trafficking victims from marginalized populations including immigrant and LGBT communities. Vivian led planning for a Family Justice Center at the Office of the Mayor, City of New York. She has lectured for the US Department of State, Coalition against Trafficking, and the ABA globally on Gender Based Violence, Human Trafficking, and Access to Justice.
In 2015, Vivian was chosen as a selected fellow of Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation. She is also a recipient of the Flor de Maga Award for Women in the Legal Profession from the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Ms. Huelgo is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law where she served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law and received both the Andrew A. Rivera Alumni Achievement Award and the Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Award.
Vivian was born in Brooklyn, raised in the City of New York and now resides in the greater Washington, DC area with her twins.