Biography

Arati Vasan has been a Staff Attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) since 2011. She provides legal representation and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Her work includes representation in divorce, restraining order, child custody, support, property matters and domestic violence based immigration remedies. She has been coordinating the Domestic Violence Family Law Project. Arati works with survivors who are of all ethnicities and who are limited English proficient/monolingual, have immigration complications, disabilities, are low-income, and/or have other barriers to access and remedies.

Arati regularly trains and presents on issues of intimate partner violence, family law, language access, trauma -informed representation and cultural awareness.  She has provided training at public agencies, community based organizations, college and law school classes and at statewide organizations and conferences.  These include the trainings and presentations at the SF District Attorney’s Office, APA Family Support Services, the Legal Aid Association of California, Casa de Esperanza and the Vera Institute. She is a regular trainer and presenter at Asian Women’s Shelter, the SF Police Academy, and the domestic violence law class at UC Berkeley law. She is an advocate for changes in police and court procedures regarding language access and working with survivors of domestic violence. She has been a co-chair of the SF Domestic Violence Consortium and member of the SF Police Department’s Language Access Working Group.

Before joining APILO, Arati had her own family law practice.  She was also a family law pro bono and contract attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland. She received her domestic violence counselor certification through Asian Women's Shelter. Arati volunteered with Narika for many years including teaching classes for their economic empowerment program.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law.  She received her license practice law in California in 2008.

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