Elevating Victims’ Voices: The Difference a Lawyer Can Make

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 21, 2022

Julie Hester
Julie Hester 
Project Director
National Crime Victim Law Institute
Meg Garvin
Meg Garvin, MA, JD, MsT
Executive Director
National Crime Victim Law Institute

Affording victims of crime, the power to choose how, when, and to what extent to participate in the criminal justice system correlates with more positive outcomes for both victims and the system. These choices are the foundation of victims’ rights. Yet activating rights in our legal systems requires competent legal advocacy. Unfortunately, too few victims have access to legal representation to help them assert their rights in the criminal investigation and prosecution that result from their victimization. 

This presentation will discuss the Rights In Systems Enforced (RISE) Project and the models of legal representation that the ten legal clinics are using to assist victims in the aftermath of crime. From outreach to training to pro bono management to direct representation, the RISE Legal Clinics are elevating victims’ voices in criminal justice. The presenters will leverage case scenarios to showcase the rights enforcement work of RISE Clinics and share lessons learned ranging from costs of services, identified needs of victims, and the impacts legal representation can have. The session will be interactive throughout and will include a question and discussion session to allow attendees to ask questions about the information, material and tools provided.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand how victims often experience the criminal justice system. 
  • Recognize how legal services on crime victims’ rights can mitigate negative criminal justice experiences. 
  • Identify models for no or low-cost legal services to support victims as they assert and seek enforcement of their rights. 
  • Recognize how outreach, training and litigation fit together to best serve victims.

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