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  • November 20
    Restitution is money paid from the offender to the victim for losses that the victim suffered as a result of the offender’s crime.  The right to restitution is a vital component of ensuring that victims of crime are treated fairly and with dignity; it plays a pivotal role in making sure that victims receive the financial assistance they need to begin to address the impact that the defendant’s crime has had on their lives and helps them in moving toward survivorship.
  • November 20
    This fall, Lewis & Clark law students launched the Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance (CVRA) student group.  The group’s mission is to raise awareness and educate future attorneys about issues relating to crime victim advocacy by exploring current dilemmas in the field, offering solutions, promoting discussion, and encouraging collaboration amongst legal groups in acknowledging and furthering the rights of crime victims.  The CVRA, now comprised of 45 members, meets regularly to establish a community of support, to explore what it means to be an attorney with an interest in the rights of crime victims, and how to effect progress in this burgeoning field of law.
  • Keith Franz, JD of Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz, LLC in Baltimore, Maryland
    November 20
    NAVRA member Keith Franz has long been a victims’ advocate and recently served as Counsel of Record on two cases for which NCVLI filed Amicus Curiae briefs before the United States Supreme Court.
  • November 20
  • September 23
    Victims’ rights are human rights.   
    Human rights are those basic rights and freedoms to which all people are entitled.  Common sense tells us that victims of stalking deserve to be protected; co-victims of homicide are entitled to an opportunity to speak about the impact of the crime; child-victims should have their privacy protected; and all victims deserve to be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect throughout the criminal justice process.    
    Every time we endeavor to protect, enforce, or advance victims’ rights we are ensuring that victims are afforded basic human rights. 
  • Sarah Hays, Summer 2011 SCVRI Intern
    September 23
    Sarah Hays is a dual degree candidate in Law and Conflict & Dispute Resolution at the University of Oregon School of Law who interned with NCVLI’s Safeguarding Child-Victims’ Rights Initiative during the summer of 2011.   
  • September 23
    Dear Victims’ Rights Community,
    This summer, we were honored to work with incredibly talented and passionate members of our community.  In this issue you will learn about some of these people: the law student interns who spent their summers working on behalf of victims and the many local community members who came to our Community Open House to show support for and get further involved with NCVLI and our partner clinic, the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center.    We were also fortunate to work with some of the premier victims’ rights attorneys in the country, who served as pro bono local counsel this summer in groundbreaking victims’ rights cases reaching all levels of the court system - trial courts, state supreme courts, and the United States Supreme Court.  Practitioners on the ground around the country ensure that victim voices are heard, moving the courts toward recognizing these rights as fundamental human rights.  In this issue’s segment on rights we discuss the importance of viewing crime victims’ rights through a human rights lens.  Watch our next issue for spotlights of pro bono attorneys who brought these fundamental rights to the attention of the courts in critical victims’ rights cases this summer!
  • Former Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers meets Open House guests
    September 8
    On September 1st, NCVLI and our partner clinic, the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center (OCVLC), hosted an Open House for the community to learn about how to get involved with victims’ rights.  Speakers included Lewis & Clark Law School Dean Robert Klonoff, NCVLI Executive Director Meg Garvin, OCVLC Legal Director Janine Robben, and community members who have donated time as interns and pro bono attorneys.  To learn more and see the pictures from this event, click here.
  • Guests at the 3rd Annual Crime Victims' Rights Reception.  For more photos, click on the gal...
    July 20
    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • July 18
    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • Five of NCVLI's Conference Volunteers (from left): Fumi Owoso, Jacqueline Swanson, Sarah Hays, Sa...
    July 18
    This year NCVLI was fortunate to have the support of an incredible volunteer force at our Crime Victim Law Conference.  Volunteers donated over 100 hours in making the Conference a success.   Volunteers assisted with activities ranging from photographer to session room monitor to staffing the NAVRA information table to procurement of raffle items for the Crime Victims’ Rights Reception.  Our volunteers had a wide variety of skills and did an amazing job staffing the Conference and inspiring others to give to victims’ rights.  One of the perks of volunteering at the Conference is the opportunity for volunteers to listen in on sessions and network with Conference attendees.  NCVLI summer intern and University of Oregon law student, Sarah Hays, had this to say about her volunteer experience:
    Attending the annual Conference and having the opportunity to meet and learn from experts in victim law was part of why I wanted to work with NCVLI.  Being a novice in the field, attending the Conference showed me just how many facets there are to victim law, and how many ways there are to help. I am grateful for the chance to be a participant and excited for how I might support NCVLI in the future.

    NCVLI is grateful for the support and enthusiasm of this year’s volunteers.  Thank you for playing such a critical role in making the event a success!
  • July 18
    Dear Victims’ Rights Community,
    June was a truly inspiring month in the victims’ rights community.  At NCVLI’s 10th Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference, members of the victims’ rights community congregated from across the country, representing every corner of the field.  The Conference was not only a time for victims’ rights practitioners to learn from each other, but also to network, build community, and have fun!

    Below you will see a few examples of the victims’ rights community members who brought their passion to the Conference and helped make the event such a success.  You will also read about our 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception - an event that allowed conference attendees to relax and catch up after a long day of learning at the Conference.  The energy at this event was palpable and the photos are great!  Read on to get inspired!

    The NCVLI Team  
  • May 18
    The right to be present gives the victim the authority to decide if he/she wants to be in the courtroom during the criminal proceedings.  Without this right, the victim’s interest in observing firsthand what is occurring during the case may be lost because judges can order the victim who is a witness removed if asked to by the parties; the right requires everyone to stop and consider the victim’s interests in being present.  This is important because it allows the victim to have meaningful participation and choice in the criminal case of the offender.
  • From left: Ashley Nastoff, Lissette McIlmoil, Ian Brown, Leland Daggett, Tim Wong, and Kim Villan...
    May 18
    Once again, the students of the Crime Victim Litigation Clinic spent the semester working hard to make a meaningful difference for victims while practicing real-world legal skills.  This year’s spring semester class, which included Ashley Nastoff, Lissette McIlmoil, Ian Brown, Leland Daggett, Kimberly Villanueva, and Timothy Wong, worked on a variety of important victims’ rights issues.
  • May 18
    NAVRA member Sylvia Golden joined NCVLI in December 2010 as a pro bono attorney.
  • May 18
    Jacqueline Swanson is a first law student intern who served as one of NCVLI’s 2010-2011 Violence Against Women Project Law Student Interns.
  • May 18
    Amanda Tufts is a first year law student intern who served as one of NCVLI’s 2010-2011 Violence Against Women Project Law Student Interns. 
  • May 17
    Dear Victims’ Rights Community,Spring has been full of important victims’ rights work.  In April, as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, NCVLI held an event training over 70 people on the unique challenges facing victims of Internet-related crime.  At this event, we also celebrated the amazing community supporting our work in protecting and advancing victims’ rights by honoring a few of our outstanding volunteers.  You’ll read about three of these volunteers below.  Click here to learn more about the Crime Victims’ Rights Week event.
  • March 18
    As April approaches, we turn our attention to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week -  a time when we honor victim strength & voice and the tireless efforts of the attorneys and advocates who serve them.  
    This year’s theme is “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past.” Below are two stories of victims’ rights community members that reflect this theme - one of a victim who has fought for victims’ rights for years sharing her wisdom and experience, the other of a law student with a passion for serving victims who represents the future of our field.
    We hope you will take this time to commemorate the successes and importance of the crime victims’ movement,  including all the work that you do.
    The NCVLI Team
  • March 18
    This semester the Crime Victim Litigation Clinic class was fortunate to get an in-person visit from Helene Davis, founder of Mothers Against Murder and Assault and long-time NCVLI Board member, who gave the class a personal perspective on the realities of victimization and its aftermath.
  • Colette McEldowney, Law Student Intern
    March 17
    Colette McEldowney is a second year law student who began interning with NCVLI in the fall of 2010.
  • March 17
    In this issue we feature the right to be heard.  The right to be heard refers to the right to make an oral and/or written statement to the court at a criminal justice proceeding.  This right weaves victim voice and experience into the criminal justice process by allowing victims to participate and contribute.    
  • January 24
    Happy New Year!  We ended 2010 with amazing community involvement, and we are looking forward to another year of engaging with our community to advance victims’ rights.
  • January 23
    Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Amy Liu
  • From left: Erin McKee, Ross Caldwell, Nolan Shutler, Brittany Mathis, Melissa Marrero, and Robyn ...
    January 21
    Lewis & Clark Law School students did fantastic work on important issues for victims in the fall 2010 semester. 
  • January 21
    Our featured right this issue is the right to notice - “the gateway right.”
  • November 18
    In an effort to regularly highlight the achievements of the amazing people in our victims’ rights community of alumni, advocates, students, attorneys, and more, and to ensure their work can continue to inspire all of us, NCVLI is launching this Victims’ Rights Community Bulletin.
  • November 14
    To move forward, we must remember our roots and why we began the journey.
  • November 11
    Volunteer spotlight: Cristina Ursan
  • November 11
    Volunteer spotlight: Thomas Ross Caldwell
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