RISE Project Details

Building on various DOJ-funded criminal and civil legal assistance initiatives to help address myriad legal needs of victims in the aftermath of a criminal, the federal Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) funded NCVLI to establish and provide training and technical assistance to six rights enforcement legal clinics to (1) provide victims with crime victims’ rights enforcement and representation, when necessary to further their rights enforcement work, on collateral civil legal matters; (2) raise awareness about crime victims’ rights among prosecutors, criminal justice professionals, attorneys, local bar associations, law students, advocates, and other allied professionals working with victims, and (3) expand the body of professionals who will advocate for the enforcement of crime victims’ rights.

As part of its training and technical assistance to the clinics, NCVLI offers regular trainings to enhance practitioners’ ability to provide legal representation to assist victims in asserting and seeking enforcement of their rights in criminal cases, and, as necessary during and in support of such representation, provide those victims representation on collateral civil legal matters arising from the victimization. Trainings include online and in-person trainings including intensive trainings on the “how to” of litigating victims’ rights to grow the national capacity for this work.

Additional resources can be found in our Victim Law Library.

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This Project 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.