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Attorneys for Victims in Civil Cases

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Child Victims

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Compensation and Reparations

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Disability Rights

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Domestic Violence

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Drunk Driving

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Elder Abuse

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Fraud

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

General Victims' Services and Information

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Hate Crimes

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Identity Theft

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Murder/Homicide

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Native American/Tribal

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Network of Victims' Rights Enforcement Clinics

  • 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, J.D., 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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

  • 2019 Voice for Justice Award Honoree: Chanpone P. Sinlapasai

  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Sexual Violence