Crime victims need legal representation. NCVLI fights for crime victims by ensuring they have trained attorneys at their side and that their voices are heard in the justice system.
Every day victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, kidnapping, trafficking, stalking, homicide, and fraud face a justice system that treats them more as evidence than as human beings with rights. Every day victims battle for their rights to be enforced and their voices to be heard, too often without success.
Consider one such battle – restitution. Restitution is the term for when an offender is required to pay the victim for expenses incurred by the victim as a result of the crime. In short – it is when a perpetrator pays for the damage he or she caused. Too often, victims are receiving zero or no restitution which means that they are paying for their own victimization, including medical bills, mental health counseling, property damage, and at times – burial expenses. We should not abide by a society in which the victim rather than the perpetrator pays for crime. But how do we change it? As with all victims' rights, securing full restitution often requires independent legal representation by attorneys trained in victims’ rights and supported by top quality resources including amicus curiae (friend of the court) participation when necessary to educate courts. This is what the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) does every day. We train lawyers, ask them to serve victims at no cost, pair them with victims, and support them both for the duration. The results are real and concrete: when victims have a trained attorney by their side, restitution is awarded and victims’ voices are heard, in some cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court. If you want to learn more about the latest case demonstrating this just check out our website!
Your donation to NCVLI will ensure that a victim of crime is heard. It costs $200 to provide emergency legal research in a case, $2,500 to provide a week’s worth of legal expertise to a victim’s attorney, and $10,000 to coordinate litigation and participate as amicus curiae. We need your help to fund these efforts to ensure victims’ voices are heard and that those voices resonate for years to create lasting change in our justice system. A gift of any amount can make the difference in the life of a crime victim.
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