SOAR for Justice is dedicated to helping survivors of abuse rise for justice. Its founder and director, Dovie Yoana King, is a Massachusetts resident who ended her abusive marriage after 10 years of escalating abuse. While this chapter in her life was truly devastating, Dovie gradually overcame fear and isolation by reaching out for help. In doing so, Dovie obtained support to escape the abuse, a restraining order and sole legal and physical custody of her child. She understands, however, that many other abused women do not fare well in the family courts and law reform is necessary to achieve systemic change.

An important part of Dovie's healing and recovery was her decision to provide pro bono legal services to low-income women and Spanish-speaking immigrants at a domestic violence restraining order clinic. She drew from her personal life and family court experience to better serve the needs of survivors seeking legal help. In 2017, Dovie was presented with the Outstanding Service Award and the prestigious Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017.

Currently, Dovie resides in Belmont and works at Harvard Law School's Office of Public Interest Advising. She is a member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Women's Bar Association. Dovie has made it her mission to educate the community about domestic violence and mentor other women who have left their abusers. She publish articles about her experience and speaks on legal panels to reach the community. 

By establishing SOAR for Justice, Dovie endeavors to work with lawyers, court personnel, educators, community-based organizations, advocates, legislators and law enforcement to give survivors a stronger voice for change.

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Honors & Awards

Public Interest Extraordinaire by

Thomas Jefferson School of Law's Public Interest Law Foundation

Equal Justice Works 

Fellowship Award

(formerly NAPIL)

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The Nation Institute's Robert Masur Fellowship Award 

for Civil Liberties

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Outstanding Service Award

by The Legal Aid Society 

of San Diego, Inc.

Manuel W. Wiley 

Pro Bono Certificate by

The State Bar of California

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Head of Potatoes, The Internet


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