By Issue

International Organizations

1 in 6

1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.

2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.

2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 

2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.

2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2014 Conference A Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.

2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.

2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.

2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2015 Voices for Justice Reception

Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.

2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.

2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2016 Voice for Justice Award

The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.

2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.

2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.

2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.

2017 Voices for Justice Reception

Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest conference news.

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest Conference news.

2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!

12 Common Rights for Victims

Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.

2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.

2012 National Day of Remembrance

September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 

2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

Russell P. Butler, JD, serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.

2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and nonprofit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.

2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 

2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.

2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a nonprofit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.

2015 Conference Closing Plenary

The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.

2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.

2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.

2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.

2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.

2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.

2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.

2016 Voices for Justice Reception

Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.

2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.

2017 Training Calendar

Click here to view our training calendar.

2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.

2018 Conference Update

The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest Conference news.

2019 Conference Update

National Organizations

1 in 6

1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.

2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.

2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 

2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.

2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2014 Conference A Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.

2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.

2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.

2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2015 Voices for Justice Reception

Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.

2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.

2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2016 Voice for Justice Award

The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.

2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.

2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.

2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.

2017 Voices for Justice Reception

Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest conference news.

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest Conference news.

2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!

12 Common Rights for Victims

Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.

2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.

2012 National Day of Remembrance

September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 

2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

Russell P. Butler, JD, serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.

2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and nonprofit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.

2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 

2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.

2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a nonprofit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.

2015 Conference Closing Plenary

The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.

2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.

2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.

2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.

2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.

2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.

2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.

2016 Voices for Justice Reception

Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.

2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.

2017 Training Calendar

Click here to view our training calendar.

2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.

2018 Conference Update

The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest Conference news.

2019 Conference Update

Statewide Organizations

12 Common Rights for Victims

Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.

2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.

2012 National Day of Remembrance

September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 

2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

Russell P. Butler, JD, serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.

2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and nonprofit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.

2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 

2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.

2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a nonprofit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.

2015 Conference Closing Plenary

The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.

2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.

2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.

2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.

2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.

2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.

2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.

2016 Voices for Justice Reception

Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.

2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.

2017 Training Calendar

Click here to view our training calendar.

2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.

2018 Conference Update

The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!

2018 Conference Update

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2019 Conference Update

2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.

2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.

2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 

2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.

2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.

2014 Conference A Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.

2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.

2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.

2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.

2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2015 Voices for Justice Reception

Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.

2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.

2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.

2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

2016 Voice for Justice Award

The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.

2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.

2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.

2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.

2017 Voices for Justice Reception

Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest conference news.

2018 Conference Update

Check out the latest Conference news.

2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!

2019 Conference Update

Join us in Portland, Oregon this June 6-7th for our Crime Victim Law Conference.  This year’s Conference, themed Show Up for Justice, features plenaries, breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions addressing a wide range of topics.