Social Worker, Immigration Practice
Zoe Joly is a 2012 graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has a field of practice specialization in immigration and global social work. Zoe completed her first year internship with the Center for Family Life at Sunset Park High School. During her second year, she interned at STEPS to End Family Violence’s Alternative to Incarceration Program. While at STEPS, Zoe provided counseling and court advocacy for individual clients with histories of complex trauma and domestic violence, and co-facilitated a series of trauma-informed psychoeducational groups for incarcerated and court-mandated clients.
Zoe received her B.A. from Hampshire College in 2005, where she pursued a self- designed major focused on the history of women’s grassroots organizing in the United States and West and North Africa. She conducted field work in Bamako and Sanankoroba, Mali, and interned with Justice Now, the first teaching law clinic in the country focused on the needs of women prisoners. While at Justice Now, she was fortunate to receive supervision and mentorship from attorney and activist, Cassandra Shaylor.
Following college, Zoe worked with adolescents with special needs at School to Farm, a farm-based, therapeutic work community in Western Massachusetts, and directed an international experiential learning program for adolescent girls based in Stendis, Denmark.
Zoe brings a strengths-based approach to her work with clients, and is excited to contribute to the work and mission of Brooklyn Defender Services.