Safeguarding Victims’ Rights: Ethical Considerations

Prosecutors serve a central role in ensuring that criminal laws are enforced while also ensuring that the rights of all participants in criminal justice–including victims of crime–are afforded. This session will address some of the ethical challenges that prosecutors may face when it comes to victims’ rights. This interactive session will use anonymous polls and case scenarios drawn from real cases to analyze circumstances where the interests of prosecutors and those of victims align, as well as circumstances where they diverge. Presenters will facilitate a discussion that highlights rules of professional conduct and strategies to help prosecutors safeguard victims’ rights without compromising their duty to serve the interests of justice. Presented by: Rebecca S. T. Khalil, Director of Victim Assistance & Training - National Crime Victim Law Institute  Amy Liu, Senior Appellate Attorney - National Crime Victim Law Institute This training session is part of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation 2021 Conference. For more details and registration, please visit: This training is supported by Grant Nos. 2018-V3-GX-K018 and 2020-V3-GX-K022, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.