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National Crime Victim Law Institute


NCVLI fights for victims through legal advocacy, training and education, and public policy. 

  • Victims’ Right to be Heard at Sentencing - an Unfettered Right

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    Victims in every jurisdiction have the right to be heard at sentencing proceedings.  Federal courts have interpreted this right to be “an indefeasible right” akin to a defendant’s right to be heard at sentencing.  Unfortunately, even federal courts sometimes fail to recognize victims’ independent participatory status in proceedings.  Recently, NCVLI submitted an amicus letter to the court fighting to protect a victim’s right to be heard so that her voice could truly be heard.
  • Join Our End-of-Year Campaign!

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    Join us this holiday season to make a difference in the life of a victim. As the only national organization focused on victims’ legal rights, NCVLI is leading the way for all victims to have a voice in justice.  By working closely with attorneys and advocates, we ensure the very best arguments are made for victims all across the country.  This work changes lives but we cannot do it on our own.  We rely on generous supporters like you to keep our doors open and crime victims thriving.  Click here to read a special December appeal from our Executive Director Meg Garvin.
  • Support Victims Through Your Holiday Shopping

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    There are many ways to support crime victims and now that the holiday shopping season is upon us there are a number of easy ways to give while you shop!  Click here to learn more.


January 27th, 2015

  • 1st Annual Voices for Justice Reception
    Join us for the 1st annual Voices for Justice Reception. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, a long-time advocate for victims’ rights, will be our featured speaker. Come together to celebrate victims’ voices and honor local victims’ rights heroes.

May 28th, 2015

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    Intern Spotlight: Whitney Magnuson is one of NCVLI’s Legal Interns for the Fall of 2014 and is in her third year at Lewis & Clark School of Law.
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    Intern Spotlight: Jennifer Kristiansen is one of NCVLI’s Legal Interns for the Fall of 2014 and is in her third year at Lewis & Clark School of Law.
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    Laura Dunn, J.D. is the Executive Director of SurvJustice, a non-profit whose mission is to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Laura will be a keynote speaker at NCVLI’s 2015 Conference. Click here to learn more about her.

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