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Flor Bermudez

Lawyers For Children
Director, Mental Health Advocacy Project
New York, NY, USA


Flor Bermudez
Director, Mental Health Advocacy Project, Lawyers For Children, Inc.

Flor Bermudez is the Director of the Mental Health and Advocacy Project Director at Lawyers for Children.  In this position, Flor ensures that children in foster care receive timely, comprehensive mental health evaluations by trained professionals; quality, individualized mental health services in the least restrictive placements possible; appropriate school-based services; and psychotropic drugs only if needed after consideration of their neurological effects.

From 2007-2012, Flor Bermudez was the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Attorney for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.  In that capacity, Flor advocated for adequate treatment and competent, sensitive and informed services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who are involved with child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless services systems.  She traveled around the country presenting at legal and social services conferences, publishes articles and conducts trainings for the adults who work with LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care.

Before joining Lambda Legal, Bermudez spent four years at Esperanza del Barrio as the founding executive director and staff attorney. Through a Soros Foundation Community Fellowship grant, Flor started a small non-profit organization that focused on criminal defense representation of Latina immigrant street vendors, general law practice, community organizing, youth development and legal/political education.  From 2001-2003 Bermudez was a Skadden Public Interest Fellow staff attorney at Mothers on the Move and the Urban Justice Center where she brought affirmative litigation to improve housing conditions, defended group rent strikes and conducted education workshops on tenants' rights, civil rights and immigration. She also worked as a union organizer for the United Farm Workers and as an ESL Teacher for UNITE. Prior to law school, Bermudez actively participated in several LGBT organizations such as LLEGO, Colectivo Mexicano, Mano a Mano and the Audre Lorde Project.

Bermudez received a bachelor's degree in Labor Studies and also in Chemistry from Rutgers University. She later went on to its law school, where she was articles editor for the Rutgers Law Review. After receiving her law degree in 2000, Bermudez clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein.  In 2010, Northeastern University School of Law awarded Bermudez the prestigious Daynard Public Interest Fellowship, recognizing her as "public interest leader," who serves as a role model "demonstrating how legal skills can be used effectively and creatively to make the world a better place."  In 2012, Flor was awarded two “Best Attorney Under 40” awards by both the National Hispanic Bar Association and the National LGBT Bar Association.

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