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LOTUS takes pride in serving our home community, and all Wisconsin counties and Native American Tribes.



For purposes of our services, gender-based violence refers to crimes of sexual exploitation and violence, which includes rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking. LOTUS Legal Clinic serves survivors of every sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, race, ability, and socioeconomic status.

LOTUS Legal Clinic provides free legal counsel to survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking regardless of income.


The goals of our policy initiatives are to create systemic change in our laws and judicial systems to improve the lives and protect the legal interests of victims of gender-based violence and human trafficking.


We are available to provide training for community and legal system stakeholders.


LOTUS believes that survivor empowerment is the core of what makes LOTUS unique as a legal clinic. Programs like Untold Stories help our clients live through the challenges of their cases and come through with hope and purpose.  Using art. literature and other humanities gives power to the law and direct access to what survivors teach us and ask us to change about the status quo. LOTUS helps survivors meet their personal goals through scholarships and services to help them become change agents, nonprofit CEO’s, peer mentors, writers and public speakers.

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Specializing in Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors


Office location:

2515 N. 124th Street, Suite 201, Brookfield, WI 53005. 


LOTUS Legal Clinic empowers survivors of sexual violence and trafficking. We provide direct, comprehensive legal services, advocacy and community education, and we invest in survivors as change agents.



Creating a national model for restoring dignity, rights and survivors’ voices

Founder Rachel Monaco-Wilcox discusses LOTUS's Survivor Scholarship Fund.



Erika J. Petty, JD
Executive Director/Lead Attorney


Rachel Sattler

Senior Managing Attorney


Catherine Leonard, JD

Staff Attorney

Sarah Griffiths, JD

Staff Attorney


Austin Mahlon Reece, M.A.

Director of Survivor Emowerment

Lizette Olivas, B.A.

Director of Operations

Heather Kuhl

Communications and Development Coordinator




Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD


Christa Wittenberg


O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.

Jasmine Conway

Vice President

Survivor Advocate and Consultant

Melissa B. Espin



Alyson Lippman


Second Chakra Women's Health Care, LLC

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Adjunct Faculty

Kristen D. Hardy

Briggs & Stratton,

Marquette University Law School Adjunct Professor

Julie Glynn

WaterStone Bank 

Paula Strelitz

Community Volunteer

Angela Schultz

 Assistant Dean for Public Service,

Marquette University Law School

Dawn Jones

Dawn Jones Consulting LLC

Jennifer Williams

Deputy City Attorney

City of Racine


Linda Krieg

LOTUS Board President

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (Retired)

Barry C. Slagle 

LOTUS Board Past President

 Legal Consultant

Wisconsin Judicial Court Commissioner (Retired)

Gregory Schrieber

LOTUS Board Treasurer

Kerkman & Dunn Attorneys at Law

Dr. Thomas Axel Lifvendahl

LOTUS Board Secretary

Lifvendahl & Associates

Mount Mary University Adjunct Associate Professor

Cardinal Stritch University Adjunct Professor

Dawn Helmrich, MA

LOTUS Board Past President

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County,

Organizer of Denim Day Milwaukee

Janine P. Geske

Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court,

Marquette University Law School (Retired)


Steven R. Johnson

Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

Michael Gonring

LOTUS Founding  Board President

Quarles & Brady LLP








  1. To find out if we can help you with your case, we need to have a short phone interview with you. Call or text us 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week at (414) 885-1469 ; leave a message and you will be contacted within one business day.  Please be ready to spend about 10 - 30 minutes talking about your matter, and have information ready with specifics like case numbers.

  2. Once the intake interview is done, we will review and decide if we are able to take your case.  This happens once a week in our staff meetings, so we will get back to you within 5-7 business days.

  3. This means the sooner you can get in touch about any pending court matters, the better.

For general inquiries about LOTUS, guest speaker availability or interviews, contact or call (414) 885-1469.

To inquire about volunteering as a pro bono attorney, contact our Director of Legal Serivces, Erika Petty at 
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IMPORTANT!  Getting in touch with us through this page or in the contact form is not meant to be legal advice and communicating with us here does not make us your lawyers.  

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