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Stacey Violante Cote
My job is to advocate for teens who are facing problems that make it hard to finish school. Sometimes, the law can help with those problems. That’s where I come in.
I worked from a legal clinic in a high school for a few years. I’ve worked with many teens who had to move around a lot because of a bad situation at home, or because their family has no place to live. This can cause problems at school, too.
I work with LGBT youth, teen parents, and with teens who are new to this country – and many of them are trying to make it on their own. I use the law to help teens at school, in court (but not criminal or delinquency courts), and to help teens know what their rights are.
One thing you can expect from me is honesty. I’ll tell you if I think the law can help and how, even if the answer is not what you wanted to hear. I know you’re making big decisions in your life and I want you to have the right information to make those decisions. Remember that our help is free and confidential.
My work as an attorney takes me wherever youth need me the most.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and attended public school there. During my junior year in high school, I moved to New York and then to Connecticut, returning to Puerto Rico after only a year.
At age 19, I joined the U.S. Army and lived in Oklahoma and Virginia. Following my graduation from the University of Puerto Rico, I returned to Connecticut to complete my education as a social worker and attorney.
Moving back and forth between Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland allowed me to experience firsthand the particular challenges that young people face when moving – whether they want to or not. I truly enjoy my role as an attorney working with unaccompanied, LGBT, and homeless teens. Every day is different and everyone’s experience is unique.