Senior Social Worker, Family Defense Practice
Laura Gomez was born in Medellin Colombia and immigrated to NY as a young child. Laura earned a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Marist College and practiced as a youth and family therapist for two years. After relocating from upstate New York Laura worked in a public school in South Bronx providing individual counseling to middle schoolers, primarily minority and undocumented youth. It was then that Laura learned of the different systemic problems that impact the physical and mental wellbeing of underprivileged youth in New York City. This inspired Laura to seek employment in the child welfare field. Laura worked for several years as a case planner for The Children’s Aid Society, there she worked to reunify families whose children had been placed in therapeutic foster care. In 2014 Laura joined BDS’s Family Defense Practice with the goal of using her experience and drive to advocate for parents impacted by family court.