Andrew Sta. Ana, Esq.
Director of Legal Services
As the Director of Legal Services, Andrew coordinates Day One's direct legal services program. Through advocacy and direct representation in cases concerning family law, immigration, and criminal justice, Andrew works to protect the rights of young survivors. His practice emphasizes community partnership, cultural competency, and an analysis that centers the experiences of youth and survivors of intimate partner violence. At Day One, Andrew provides trainings on dating violence, the rights of young people within the legal system, and the use technology intimate partner violence.
Andrew attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where he graduated with a degree in English. He is a proud graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where he received the school's Twentieth Anniversary Scholarship. Throughout his career, he advocated for the rights of low wage workers, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, transgender people of color, immigrants, and survivors of intimate partner violence. In 2007, Andrew was the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to confront intimate partner violence in NYC's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. As a staff attorney at Sanctuary for Families, Andrew implemented the LGBT Initiative, a program to safeguard the rights of LGBT survivors through a combination of direct services, outreach, education, and policy advocacy. Through the LGBT Initiative, he litigated cases for survivors throughout the five boroughs. Andrew utilized these experiences to enrich the work of advocates around the country by training thousands on legal remedies for survivors of intimate partner violence, LGBT rights, and cultural competency. In September 2011, he was awarded a Courage award from the NYC City Anti-Violence project for his work to set up and administer a free legal clinic for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence. He serves on the advisory board of the Pride Center of Staten Island and is a native of New York City.