Claudia Hurtado-Myers, Bright Future Foundation’s newest team member, has extensive experience and passion for working with domestic violence survivors. In addition to being an attorney, Claudia has volunteered hundreds of hours helping survivors with legal assistance and immigration benefits.
Claudia joined Bright Future to manage the new “Ensuring Freedom” housing program, which is part of Bright Future’s efforts to alleviate housing issues for its clients. As housing manager, her focus is on helping victims increase access to, and to retain, safe, long-term housing. She also provides advocacy services, often offsite to better serve the clients.
As an attorney in North Carolina, Claudia represented abused and neglected children of the court, and co-directed a nonprofit that took a holistic approach in helping unaccompanied refugee and immigrant minors. She closely worked with mental health professionals and officials to help coordinate living placement and schooling, and to create the most effective legal strategy for each child.
“A part of my work was to continuously improve each child’s foster care and made sure that the court and social services maintained a clear vision of the child’s needs and safety,” said Claudia. “We assisted foreign children that had been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or more parent. My background in sociology and my focus on minority studies helped me better understand and access each situation.”
More recently, Claudia served as associate attorney at Joseph Law Firm in Edwards, an immigration law firm. She also directed outreach to the Eagle County community regarding legal rights and options for undocumented or under documented minors.