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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Victim Privacy: Using Victims’ Rights to Fight Invasions Before they Happen & Respond After-the-Fact

January 08, 2014

Date: January 23 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST


In the aftermath of a crime recognizing and respecting a survivor’s agency and autonomy is critical both for the individual and for the proper functioning of our justice system. Among the most fundamental components of agency is the ability to tell one’s story in the time, place, and manner of one’s choosing, which requires privacy until the victim chooses to tell his/her story. Unfortunately, victims are routinely stripped of this choice from the first moments of interacting with the justice system when their name appears in documents revealing the details of their victimization. For polyvictims, who may have had multiple interactions with our justice systems, this seemingly simple disclosure of their name can in fact disclose so much more. In this webinar presenters will discuss the legal arguments that support the use of pseudonyms to protect victim privacy as well the arguments for remedying violations if a pseudonym was not used, including redaction & substitution, sealing of court documents, and Internet Take Down Letters. 

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Rebecca S.T. Khalil, JD

Ms. Khalil is an attorney with NCVLI and the Safeguarding Child-Victims’ Rights Initiative Director.  At NCVLI, Ms. Khalil researches victims’ rights laws and policies across the United States, drafts amicus briefs, provides technical legal assistance to attorneys and advocates nationwide, and creates and presents online and in-person trainings and webinars on a variety of victims’ rights topics.  Before joining NCVLI, Ms. Khalil was a litigation associate with Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York City, where she worked on a number of complex commercial and business litigations, including trade secret, securities, and contract cases, as well as white collar criminal defense, governmental and quasi-governmental matters, and corporate investigations.  During law school, she was an extern with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Jose, California.  Ms. Khalil holds a BA in History from Seattle University and earned her JD from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. 

This webinar was produced by NCVLI under 2012-VF-GX-KO13, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.