Dear Victims’ Rights Community
September 23, 2011
Dear Victims’ Rights Community,
This summer, we were honored to work with incredibly talented and passionate members of our community. In this issue you will learn about some of these people: the law student interns who spent their summers working on behalf of victims and the many local community members who came to our Community Open House to show support for and get further involved with NCVLI and our partner clinic, the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center.
We were also fortunate to work with some of the premier victims’ rights attorneys in the country, who served as pro bono local counsel this summer in groundbreaking victims’ rights cases reaching all levels of the state and federal court system - trial, appellate, state supreme courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Practitioners on the ground around the country ensure that victim voices are heard, moving the courts toward recognizing these rights as fundamental human rights. In this issue’s segment on rights we discuss the importance of viewing crime victims’ rights through a human rights lens. Watch our next issue for spotlights of pro bono attorneys who brought these fundamental rights to the attention of the courts in cases with critical victims’ rights issues this summer!
© 2011 National Crime Victim Law Institute