Stacey Cote, now director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Clinic at The Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, has been with the center for 10 years. She advocates for teens struggling against tremendous odds—neglect, abuse, homelessness—helping to improve their lives. She is also the lead attorney for the Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Project, where she works tirelessly to protect newcomers from perils such as homelessness and sex trafficking. Cote also chairs the Connecticut Team for Runaway and Homeless Youth.

Stacey Violante Cote, MSW '00, JD '01

She was instrumental in helping pass legislation that requires police to notify the Department of Children and Families when they arrest a youth involved in prostitution. (One in three runaways is lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home.)

This article appeared in the March 2012 issue of Connecticut Magazine