Partnering in the Fight to Protect a Minor Victim’s Privacy

A minor victim of sexual assault recently found herself under attack again - this time from a barrage of subpoenas from the defense seeking records ranging from her rape crises center records, to 17 months of her Facebook page, to her diary.  Fortunately, this victim was working with a great system-based advocate and prosecutor in Santa Maria, California.  That prosecution team put the victim in contact with NCVLI and we quickly paired this victim with a pro bono attorney.  Together we are fighting to quash the subpoenas and protect this victim’s state constitutional right to

New & Noteworthy Court Opinion: United States v. Citgo Petroleum Corp., Crim. Action No. C-06-563, 2012 WL 4068675 (S.D. Tex. Sept. 14, 2012) (slip copy)

A jury convicted corporate defendants CITGO Petroleum Corporation and CITGO Refining and Chemicals Company, L.P. (CITGO), of illegally operating two large tanks in a Texas refinery without first installing emission control devices as required by the Clean Air Act.  As a result of this crime, members of a residential community adjacent to the refinery were exposed to noxious chemical air emissions, including more than 300 community members for whom the government sought victim status under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, 18 U.S.C.

Fighting for Victim Privacy & Protection: When Changing Your Name is Not Enough

An Oregon attorney contacted NCVLI for assistance protecting a victim of domestic violence and stalking who, in fear of her life, is trying to change her identity.  Oregon law (and practice) are that there be public notice of the application for name change, seemingly without exception.  To fail to protect this victim and others like her places the victim at risk of physical harm, effectively renders her name change meaningless, and works an injustice that flies in the face of sound public policy.  Consequently, NCVLI worked to provide the attorney with the best legal and pub

New Resource on Serving Child-Victims of Crime

NCVLI’s Safeguarding Child-Victims’ Rights Initiative was busy this summer writing legal bulletins and facilitating trainings to educate the field on the unique hurdles facing child-victims. 

New & Noteworthy Court Opinion: In re Allen, No. 12-40954 (5th Cir. Sept. 6, 2012) (per curiam order).

A jury convicted corporate defendants CITGO Petroleum Corporation and CITGO Refining and Chemicals Company, L.P., of illegally operating two large tanks in a Texas refinery without first installing emission control devices as required by the Clean Air Act.  The tanks contained chemicals including benzene and other hazardous compounds.  As a result of this crime, members of a residential community adjacent to the refinery were exposed to noxious chemical air emissions for nine years.  Two months before sentencing, the community members, represented by their own counsel, filed

Salt Lake City, Utah: ABC’s of Representing Victims of Crime

Date: 
August 13, 2012
Time: 
8:30am - 4:30pm
Time Zone: 
MST

Access to justice requires competent legal advocacy, and yet too often victims of crime do not receive the legal representation that they need to protect their rights.  You can help! 

Webinar: Introduction to Victims' Rights for Advocates

Date: 
July 26, 2012
Time: 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Time Zone: 
PST
Join us as we kick off our Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims summer webinar series!

Helping victims requires everyone in the criminal justice system to know what rights victims have and how to protect those rights.  To succeed, prosecutors, victim attorneys, and advocates must work together.  This session, designed for advocates, will be an overview of victims’ rights laws, and an identification of common issues that victims face as they are forced to navigate the criminal justice system.

Baltimore, Maryland: ABC’s of Representing Victims of Crime

Date: 
August 3, 2012
Time: 
8:30am - 4:30pm
Time Zone: 
EST

Has the defense subpoenaed your client’s counseling, medical, or education records? Is your client afraid his/her identity will be revealed in open court? Do you need to stay a civil deposition during the criminal case?  

Virginia - Child-Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

Date: 
August 1, 2012 - August 2, 2012
Time: 
9:00am - 4:30pm
Time Zone: 
EST

This intensive two-day training will provide participants with an overview of victims’ rights and detailed, age-appropriate techniques for working with child-victims at different developmental stages.  The training focuses heavily on practical litigation skills that can assist attorneys in asserting victims’ rights throughout a criminal case against a child-victim’s offender.

Stanford, California: ABC’s of Representing Victims of Crime

Date: 
June 29, 2012
Time: 
8:30am - 4:30pm
Time Zone: 
PST

Access to justice requires competent legal advocacy, and yet too often victims of crime do not receive the legal representation that they need to protect their rights.  You can help! 

On June 29, 2012, the country’s leading experts on victim law from the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) will conduct a full day practical skills continuing legal education course* at Stanford Law School.

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This project was supported in part by Grant No. 2008-DD-BX-K001, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.