2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree
June 01, 2018
Each year NCVLI accepts nominations for Outstanding Achievement Awards. We are honored to spotlight the honorees of this year’s awards:
Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - LOTUS Legal Clinic
This award recognizes the collaborative efforts of individuals and/or organizations that have devoted their time to advancing crime victims’ rights.
LOTUS Legal Clinic is a pro-bono legal clinic that serves victims of gender-based violence and human trafficking in Milwaukee. LOTUS serves the community by offering trauma-informed legal advocacy, advancing policy initiatives to protect underserved victims, educating the public, political officials, and attorneys about the issues facing victims of gender-based violence, and through empowering survivors. So many victims of human trafficking and gender-based violence are perceived as living a life that led them into being trafficked or abused. LOTUS is revealing the truth about these victims to judges who influence sentencing, prosecutors who can introduce motions, and defense attorneys who can encourage their clients to affirmative defenses. They have made a change in the Milwaukee community for the people who have never had anyone speak up for them.
Legal Advocacy Award - Rose Mukhar, Justice at Last
This award recognizes crime victims’ rights attorneys who have dedicated and committed their time to representing victims of crime in the criminal justice system.
Rose Mukhar is an experienced social justice, human rights and crime victims’ rights attorney with a focus on representing victims and survivors of human trafficking. As the founder and lead attorney for Justice At Last, Rose represents minors and adults in all stages of a criminal prosecution. As an active member of five regional task forces, Rose remains connected and is at the forefront of advancing the legal rights of victims within her community and across the United States. She collaborates with social services, law enforcement, and service providers to ensure victims are heard. In the eyes of survivors of human trafficking in California, Rose Mukhar’s name is synonymous with “the attorney who works tirelessly for your rights.”