December 01, 2021

2021 Crime Victim Law Conference - Success in Hybrid

On November 11-13, 2021, NCVLI hosted the 21st Annual Crime Victim Law Conference! This year’s Conference was held in-person on November 11– 13, 2021 and virtually October 15, 22, 29 and November 5 and 12. Victim attorneys, advocates, survivors, law enforcement, and allied professionals—both civilian and military—came together. The Crime Victim Law Conference remains the only national conference focused on rights enforcement in criminal cases. One attorney expressed “…it was amazing to be present and able to interact and take energy from this national level of work in the middle of a pandemic. Thank you for the tremendous safety protocols, I would not have even considered attending but for those efforts and I felt comfortable the whole time!”

The Conference faculty consisted of 28 in-person presenters and 22 virtual presenters sharing knowledge over 25 in-person sessions and 9 virtual sessions, including multiple facilitated conversations on both days. When so many victim service professionals come together to tackle challenging issues, we move a little closer to a world in which every victim has access to the tools and resources to meaningfully assert and seek enforcement of their rights. 

Some topics that were part of this year’s In-Person Conference included:

  • When Homicide Happens to One of Us: Insights from Co-Victims and Advocates for Working with Loved Ones of Homicide Victims
  • Victim Privacy Rights in the Criminal System
  • Crime Victims’ Rights Representation and Labor Trafficking Victims: the Challenges, Limitations and Opportunities
  • Reforming Prosecutorial Immunity
  • Civilian Attorneys Representing Military-Connected Victims
  • Victims’ Rights and Services After the Offender is Sentenced to Prison
  • Military Victims’ Counsel Case Study: The Need for Language Interpreters to Protect Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Victims’ Rights

Some topics that were part of this year’s Virtual Conference included:

  • Normalizing Victim Counsel in Trial and Appellate Courts
  • Crime Victims’ Rights in the Emergency Room: Building Crime Victims’ Rights Access through Medical Legal Partnerships
  • Working in Partnership to Improve Restitution
  • Unlikely Allies: When Criminal Justice Reform and Victim Advocates Converge
  • Working Toward Justice for Crime Victims with Disabilities

Save the date! Our 2022 Conference will be June 16-18, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. Check often for updates, including RFP applications! Details on the 2022 Conference will be announced in our monthly Enewsletter. If you aren’t subscribed, sign up now.

Thank you to everyone who attended both in-person and virtually this year. It was wonderful to reconnect with our community! A special thank you to our Sponsors who generously supported this event and played a critical role in expanding the victims’ rights community.