Andrew Sta. Ana is the Director of Law & Policy at Day One, where he oversees legal representation and advocacy on behalf of young survivors of intimate partner violence. With the support of pro bono associates, law students and volunteers, Andrew works to provide direct legal services for young people throughout New York City. Andrew’s practice emphasizes survivor self-determination, community partnership and the practice of cultural competency to center the experiences of young people and survivors of intimate partner violence. As a trainer for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, he trains attorneys nationwide on the dynamics of intimate partner sexual violence, the representation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) survivors, litigating custody and visitation cases, teen dating violence, and the use of interpreters.
Prior to Day One, Andrew worked as a staff attorney at Sanctuary for Families, where he was recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to confront intimate partner violence in NYC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. He implemented the LGBT Initiative, a program to safeguard the rights of LGBT survivors through a combination of direct services, outreach, education, and policy advocacy. Andrew utilized these experiences to enrich the work of advocates around the country by training thousands on legal remedies for survivors of intimate partner violence, LGBT rights, and cultural competency. In September 2011, he was awarded a Courage award from the NYC City Anti-Violence project for his work to set up and administer a free legal clinic for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence.
Andrew attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where he graduated with a degree in English. He is a proud graduate of the CUNY School of Law, where he received the School’s Twentieth Anniversary Scholarship. Throughout his career, he advocated for the rights of low wage workers, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, people of color, immigrants, and survivors of intimate partner violence. He serves on the Board of the Directors at the Pride Center of Staten Island and is a native of New York City. He is currently training to run the 2015 New York City Marathon.
Since its launch in 2003, Day One has become the primary voice of expertise in New York City on the issue of dating abuse and domestic violence among youth. Day One was founded to provide critical education and direct services to New York City’s youth.
More than 6,000 professionals have been trained to identify relationship abuse among youth and to provide supportive, nonjudgmental guidance to teens. Hundreds of additional young people have been represented in court, received individual or group counseling, guided through a safety planning process, or counseled on their legal rights and responsibilities. Through Day One’s leadership programs, student have organized awareness projects that have reached over 6,000 students. Day One is also involved in a range of community partnerships and policy initiatives to increase young people’s rights related to intimate partner violence.