Legal Policy Coordinator, Texas Council on Family Violence
Seetha Kulandaisamy is a Legal Policy Coordinator with the Texas Council on Family Violence. Before joining TCFV, she worked as a case manager and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and persons experiencing homelessness. Her goal is to help craft policy that improves the lives of domestic violence survivors and other vulnerable populations. After finding her footing in the public sector with grassroots community organizing and legislative advocacy, Seetha began her career in direct service by assisting clients experiencing chronic homelessness as a part of the AmeriCorps “Keep Austin Housed" Program. She continued her work as a housing advocate at Front Steps, where she helped those in need of support locate affordable housing options and then transition successfully from street to shelter. With her subsequent role at the SAFE Alliance, Seetha maintained a caseload of over twenty clients at SafePlace's transitional housing program, providing long-term and follow-up advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. In 2018, Austin's Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) awarded her with a certificate of appreciation for exemplary service to the SAFE Alliance. Through her experience navigating government systems and agencies to help clients achieve safety, shelter and self-sufficiency, Seetha gained a deeper understanding of the systemic challenges that prevent Texans from accessing the necessary resources to provide for and protect themselves and their families. She expanded on that experience as an associate with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid's TAJ (Telephone Access to Justice) program. Her current position at the Texas Council on Family Violence merges her experience in direct service with her interest in legal advocacy to implement policy ensuring justice and safety for survivors of intimate partner violence. Seetha holds a degree in Sociology with a minor in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. In her spare time, she enjoys engaging her creative side through painting, drawing and practicing the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam.