Catherine Eagan L’16
(above) Eagan in Kakadu national park, where she serves 3 communities.
(below) Eagan holds a child at the safehouse in a community called Wurrumiyanga during client intake.
“Spending the summer at the North Australian Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service has been challenging and rewarding in ways that I could not have imagined back at home. Located in Darwin in the Northern Territory, NAAFVLS is part of a government-funded network of law offices that provides legal resources for victims of domestic violence in remote communities. Staff often fly in four-seater planes or drive through rivers in outback-outfitted vehicles in order to reach clients…. I applied for an ISHRF fellowship because I believe that we learn the most when we are forced to adapt in unfamiliar situations. This has certainly been the case at NAAFVLS, which has both pushed and reinforced the skills that I have learned at Penn.” Read more.