Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project Staff Attorney
Flor Bermudez is the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Attorney for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
In her current position, Bermudez advocates for adequate treatment and competent, sensitive and informed services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who are involved with child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless services systems. She travels around the country presenting at legal and social services conferences, publishes articles and conducts trainings for the adults who work with LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care.
Bermudez is co-counsel in L.P. v. City of Philadelphia, representing a transgender girl subjected to verbal and physical abuse because of her sexual orientation, gender identity, sex and disability while in the custody of a Philadelphia secure youth detention facility in a civil rights complaint to the to the City of Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. In Gennaro v. Adoption Media, Bermudez represented a New York gay couple barred from posting their online adoptive-parent profile on the website ParentProfiles.com solely because they are a same-sex couple. As a result of the investigation by the New York State Attorney General's Office prompted by Lambda Legal's civil rights compliant, the Arizona-based companies that own ParentProfiles.com stopped doing business in New York.
In 2010, Northeastern University School of Law awarded Bermudez the prestigious Daynard Public Interest Fellowship, recognizing her as "public interest leader," who serves as a role model "demonstrating how legal skills can be used effectively and creatively to make the world a better place."
Before joining Lambda Legal in 2007, Bermudez spent four years at Esperanza del Barrio as the founding executive director and staff attorney. Her work there focused on criminal defense representation of Latina immigrant street vendors, general law practice, community organizing, youth development and legal/political education. From 2001-2003 Bermudez was a Skadden Public Interest Fellow staff attorney at Mothers on the Move and the Urban Justice Center where she brought affirmative litigation to improve housing conditions, defended group rent strikes and conducted education workshops on tenants' rights, civil rights and immigration. She also worked as a union organizer for the United Farm Workers and as an ESL Teacher for UNITE. Prior to law school, Bermudez actively participated in several LGBT organizations such as LLEGO, Colectivo Mexicano, Mano a Mano and the Audre Lorde Project.
Bermudez received a bachelor's degree in Labor Studies and also in Chemistry from Rutgers University. She later went on to its law school, where she was articles editor for the Rutgers Law Review. After receiving her law degree in 2000, Bermudez clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein and is licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey. She is originally from Mexico.