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Crime Victims Legal Network Project

September 8, 2015

The Crime Victims Legal Network Project is a cutting edge, new federally-funded partnership between Empire Justice Center, the New York State Office of Victim Services, Pro Bono Net, and the Center for Human Services Research at the University at Albany. 

The focus of the project is to identify the unmet civil legal needs of crime victims outside of New York City, and to develop a planned response to meet those needs.

Crime victims often have a variety of legal concerns that directly arise from their victimization.  However, the crisis and trauma caused by the incident, coupled with a lack of resources and lack of systematic referrals, mean that crime victims are not receiving the civil legal representation they require.  Our goal is to create a comprehensive, collaborative network to provide holistic legal assistance to better assess and serve victims.

An Advisory Committee comprised of crime victim advocates, civil attorneys, prosecutors, crime victims, and relevant state and local agencies throughout New York State will be assisting in the design and direction of the project.

For more information about the project, please contact Remla Parthasarathy, Project Leader: rparthasarathy@empirejustice.org

This project is funded by the US Department of Justice through its Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime and is part of their national effort to fulfill their vision of providing comprehensive legal assistance to crime victims.

 





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