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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Webinar: Representing Victims Who Don’t fit Society’s “Mold”

Date: 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST November 12, 2014

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The justice systems are predominately designed for able-bodied victims who speak English.  Securing access to justice for victims with disabilities whether they have impaired vision or hearing, high anxiety, or use a wheelchair, or for persons who have English as a second language can be challenging.  This session will include a panel of lawyers who can provide practice tips for securing access to justice.

This webinar may be eligible for CLE Credit; check with you local bar association regarding requirements.

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- About the Presenters - 


Rebecca S.T. Khalil, J.D., Staff Attorney
Ms. Khalil is an attorney with NCVLI and directed NCVLI’s Safeguarding Child-Victims’ Rights Initiative from 2010-2012. At NCVLI, Ms. Khalil researches victims’ rights laws and policies across the United States, drafts amicus briefs, provides technical legal assistance to attorneys and advocates nationwide, and creates and presents online and in-person trainings and webinars on a variety of victims’ rights topics. Before joining NCVLI, Ms. Khalil was a litigation associate with Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York City, where she worked on a number of complex commercial and business litigations, including trade secret, securities, and contract cases, as well as white collar criminal defense, governmental and quasi-governmental matters, and corporate investigations. During law school, she was an extern with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Jose, California. Ms. Khalil holds a B.A. in History from Seattle University and earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.


Katrina Kilgren, J.D., Immigration Counseling Service
Katrina Kilgren is the Senior Staff Attorney at ICS, a non-profit immigration law firm in Portland, Oregon.  For more than 35 years ICS has been dedicated to improving the lives of Oregon’s immigrant communities through access to affordable immigration legal services and educational forums.  At ICS, Katrina assists immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes in applying for U and T visas, VAWA self-petitions, special immigrant juvenile status, asylum, permanent residency, and other forms of immigration relief.  Prior to joining ICS, Katrina served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America.  Katrina received her law degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Miami.

Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, J.D., Courthouse Dogs
Ellen O’Neill-Stephens is a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County; she is a pioneer in the use of dogs to provide emotional support in the criminal justice system and the founder of Courthouse Dogs.  The Courthouse Dogs Foundation promotes justice with compassion by helping prosecutors, detectives, victim advocates, judges and legislators understand how facility dogs can provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and others during stressful legal proceedings.  The Foundation also provides guidance to these legal professionals about how to obtain these expertly trained dogs to become working members of their offices.  The Courthouse Dogs Foundation received NCVLI’s 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award for Victims’ Rights Partnership.

Amy Terrible, J.D., Crime Victim Advocacy Center of Tulare County
In 2012, Amy Terrible launched the Crime Victim Advocacy Center of Tulare County to represent victims of crime in Central California.  A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders.  Amy heard about NCVLI’s work from a co-worker before becoming a victims’ rights attorney. Over time she learned more about victims’ rights and realized that direct representation of victims is what she wanted to do.  Since June of 2012 Amy has been operating as a solo practitioner representing victims of crime, entirely pro bono.  She has represented victims on a myriad of issues in a range of cases from representing the surviving family of a murder victim, to representing victims in a complex, multi-jurisdictional car theft case, to representing a child-victim in family court.  Amy received NCVLI’s 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award for Legal Advocacy.


As part of the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims: An OVC Capacity Building Initiative, OVC TTAC and the National Crime Victim Law Institute are working collaboratively to expand the availability of pro bono and no-cost legal assistance for victims of crime nationally.  Part of that collaboration includes developing and delivering a series of webinar trainings.  This webinar is one in the series. Visit to learn more. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Office for Victims of Crime or OVC TTAC.