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National Crime Victim Law Institute

NCVLI Fights for Restitution for Crime Victims

April 14, 2010

Fighting for restitution is always challenging, but it is particularly daunting for victims when the property that was stolen or destroyed has tremendous sentimental value but perhaps little or no market value.  Such items may include photos, trophies, family heirlooms, and other unique and irreplaceable items for which the market value simply cannot adequately compensate the victim for the loss.  

This month NCVLI is working with its direct-service pro bono legal clinics to develop legal arguments that will help ensure that victims like these—including a U.S. Marine Corps veteran whose cherished memorabilia associated with his tour of duty was stolen as part of a burglary of his home—obtain the financial restitution to which they are entitled.