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National Crime Victim Law Institute

National Clinic Network

Victims need attorneys standing with them in court to ensure that their independent voice is heard.  This idea of a victim having his or her own attorney in a criminal case is novel; it challenges the traditional paradigm of state vs. defendant.  To ensure victims’ voices and rights are not lost, NCVLI partners with legal clinics nationwide providing services to victims of crime.

In 2004, NCVLI launched the Network of Victims’ Rights Enforcement Clinics. These clinics provide free legal services to victims of crime as they assert and seek enforcement of their rights in criminal cases against their offenders. What started as five clinics is now a network of ten partner clinics operating in Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Washing­ton, D.C.  These clinics also serve victims in the Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Federal Circuits.  The Network shares research, best prac­tices, litigation strategies, pleadings, and more. Over the years, the Network has become greater than the sum of its parts, and it is now a formidable force for victims nationwide.  In 2010 the Network:

  • Represented more than 760 victims;
  • Filed more than 430 legal pleadings asserting victims’ rights; and
  • Secured more than 8,600 pro bono attorney and law student hours to help victims.

The success of the Network was noted in the August 29, 2009, National Institute of Justice report Finally Getting Victims Their Due: A Process Evaluation of the NCVLI Victims’ Rights Clinics Executive Summary, which stated “the state clinics are on the road to fulfilling the intentions of their architects and funders. All of the clinics have pushed the envelope of victims’ rights in their state courts. Some have won significant victories in gaining standing for victims and expanding the definition of particular rights. Others are enjoined in the battle. But all have raised awareness of victims’ rights with prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, and police officials.”

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Enforcement Clinics Currently Funded by NCVLI

  • Arizona Voice for Crime Victims
    Funded by a subgrant from the National Crime Victim Law Institute with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, the Arizona Clinic provides pro bono legal representation and social services to victims of crimes in tribal, state, and federal proceedings.
  • D.C. Crime Victims Resource Center
    The D.C. Crime Victims Resource Center, a project of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc., represents victims of all types of crime in the District of Columbia. The Clinic works with other D.C. entities to assess and coordinate access to other social services for clients.
  • Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center
    Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. provides pro bono legal representation, including serving as guardian ad litem, to victims of all crimes in tribal, state, and federal proceedings and serves as an important resource to victims, social services providers, courts, and criminal justice professionals in the State of Maryland; in the Federal Districts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia; and, under other funding, Federal crimes of Fraud/Identity Theft in any federal court nationwide.
  • New Jersey Crime Victims’ Legal Advocacy Program
    The New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center provides pro bono legal representation to all victims of violent crimes in state and federal proceedings in New Jersey and serves as an important resource to victims, social services providers, courts, and criminal justice professionals in each of the 21 counties throughout the State of New Jersey.
  • New Mexico Victims’ Rights Project
    The New Mexico Victims’ Rights Project provides pro bono legal representation to crime victims of certain enumerated crimes in tribal, state, and federal proceedings and serves as an important resource to victims, social services providers, courts, and criminal justice professionals in New Mexico. 
  • New York Women’s Clinic for Victim Protection
    The Women’s Clinic for Victim Protection, a project of New York Legal Assistance Group, protects the legal rights of victims of crimes of sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking in New York City.
  • Oregon Crime Victims Law Center
    The Oregon Crime Victims Law Center represents crime victims in state and federal courts in the exercise of their rights.  The Clinic also responds to victims’ social service needs in cooperation with other service providers and conducts education and training on victims’ rights issues.
  • Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
    Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center advocates for victims in state and federal court in Colorado by providing pro bono legal representation and social service support to these victims.
  • South Carolina Victim Assistance Network
    The South Carolina Victim Assistance Network provides pro bono legal representation to victims of all crimes in tribal, state, and federal proceedings and serves as an important resource to victims, social services providers, courts, and criminal justice professionals in North and South Carolina.
  • Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic
    The Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic provides pro bono legal representation to crime victims throughout the State of Utah.  The Clinic assists clients in understanding, exercising and enforcing their constitutional, statutory and procedural rights and serves as an important resource to victims, social services providers, courts, and criminal justice professionals in the victims’ rights arena.