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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.

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