National Crime Victim Law Institute
The National Crime Victim Law Institute is establishing nine legal
clinics (eight state-level clinics and one federal clinic) to enforce
victims' rights from case intake through resolution. This demonstration
effort will encourage the replication of a national model to both
improve state compliance with victims' rights and increase victims'
access to resources that can help them assert their rights. The institute
intends to partner with law schools and other nonprofit organizations.
Because many attorneys lack knowledge about victims' rights, the
institute will train them on victims' rights and effective legal
strategies for victims. The institute also seeks to enhance and formalize
the collaboration among victim lawyers by establishing the National
Alliance of Victim Rights Attorneys. OVC is providing multiyear funding
for this initiative and plans to provide extensive technical assistance
to other U.S. jurisdictions that are interested in replicating the
program after its pilot test and evaluation. For more information,
visit the National
Crime Victim Law Institute Web site.