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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Know Your Rights

Unlike defendant’s rights, which nearly everyone in the country can easily recite, very few people know what rights victims have. We are committed to changing this! On this page you will find Quicktools - short videos that provide basic information about victims’ rights and how to protect those rights. As Boutros Boutros-Ghali stated “An essential element in protecting human rights [is] a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended.” Protecting victims’ rights starts here!  To read a history of victims’ rights, visit our Victim Law Library, or click here.

Watch our video to learn why victims’ rights and victims’ voices matter.

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The Right to Privacy:

 Recouping Financial Losses 

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This webpage and its contents funded in part by 2012-VF-GX-KO13, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this webpage and in its resources are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. Further, neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).