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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Rights in Systems Enforced (RISE) Project - Overview

RISE Project LogoThe National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), award number 2018-V3-GX-K018, is excited to announce the Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project–also known as Rights In Systems Enforced Project (“Project” or “RISE Project”). The RISE Project is intended to provide crime victims with access to legal representation to assert and seek enforcement of their rights throughout criminal justice processes.  A core aspect of the project includes NCVLI subgranting to six locations to increase awareness of victims’ rights and increase victim access to no cost legal services through an expanded body of attorneys knowledgeable about rights assertion and enforcement in criminal trial and appellate courts. 

Following a competitive selection process, during which NCVLI received applications from 13 jurisdictions, six were selected.  (1) Arizona Voice for Crime Victims; (2) Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation; (3) Legal Aid of Broward County; (4) Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence; (5) Network for Victim Recovery of DC; and (6) Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

“Victims’ rights have existed for decades but too often victims do not know they have rights, and even when they are aware of them, they do not know how to activate them,” said Meg Garvin, Executive Director of NCVLI.  “The Rise Project will ensure victims can access no cost attorneys to secure their rights so that they can meaningfully participate.” 

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center (OCVJC) is honored to have been selected by the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), for the Rights In Systems Enforced (RISE) Project,” said Cathy Harper Lee, Executive Director of OCVJC. “We are excited to begin work with our partners, NCVLI, OVC, and Legal Aid of Western Ohio on this very important project to provide crime victims’ access to no cost legal services to protect and enforce their rights.”

“The thought of engaging in legal systems following the traumatic experience of victimization is often overwhelming, which is why NVRDC provides support and services to survivors not only in the immediate aftermath of a crime, but also throughout their recovery,” said Bridgette Stumpf, Executive Director and Co-Founder of NVRDC. “We know the devastating long-term effects unaddressed traumas can have on families and communities which is why we are incredibly honored that NCVLI and the Department of Justice have chosen to support NVRDC’s critical work supporting the DC community.”

It is anticipated that the sites will begin serving victims under their Projects in the fall of 2019.

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This solicitation is supported by Grant No. 2018-V3-GX-K018, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Project are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.