A Child Should Be Seen and Heard: Representing Minor Victims of Sexual Violence
24 Mar 2020
How do we seek justice for a client whose competency is questioned from the beginning? Due to their vulnerability, children have special rights in legal proceedings.
Yvonne Chin, Senior Staff Attorney, & Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Legal Director, Sexual Violence Law Center
Behind and Beyond the Bench: Victims' Rights Enforcement and Interacting with Judges and Others
27 Feb 2020
Legal professionals can work in myriad ways and venues to create space for crime victims' rights in their jurisdictions. This presentation will discuss promising strategies for victims' rights attorneys and advocates to interact with judges and others inside and outside of the courtroom.
Second Offense: How to Assist LGBTQ Crime Victims to Avoid Further Harm
21 Jan 2020
This training will provide a comprehensive guide to serving crime victim clients who are in the LGBTQ+ community and come to legal services providers for assistance with related legal issues. Attendees can expect to learn a brief cultural competency piece coupled with substantive legal protections that exist to aid advocates in serving their clients.
Shary Sanchez, Esq. & Sarah Filcher, Esq.
Thinking Outside the Box: Victim-Centered Restitution Requests
21 Nov 2019
In this training, Kazi Houston, Legal Director at the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, will discuss the importance of restitution requests to many victims and survivors, creative approaches to restitution requests, and ideas for how to collaborate with other service providers to help compile documentation for victim-centered restitution requests.
Kazi Houston, MSW, JD, Legal Director, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
One of Many: Representing Individual Crime Victims in Multi-Victim Prosecutions
23 Oct 2019
Multi-victim criminal cases present many challenges for an individual crime victim's attorney. Ensuring and enforcing your individual client's rights can be difficult when a few or many victims are named in a criminal case
Steven J. Kelly, Esq.
Why Prosecutors Do What They Do: Building Effective Partnerships Between Prosecutors and Victim Counsel
26 Sep 2019
The interests of victims are best served when victims’ attorneys and prosecutors understand one another. This training will cover the sometimes competing legal and ethical obligations that prosecutors must uphold in their pursuit of justice for victims, the defendant and the government.
Katharine Manning, President and Founder of Blackbird LLC, and Sarah McClellan, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Impact of Bias on Crime Victims
29 Aug 2019
Prosecutors hold the unique position of “Minister of Justice” in our criminal justice system. As such, they have an ethical duty to seek justice and to treat all parties – from defendants to victims - fairly. But prosecutors are human, and thus susceptible to the influences of both implicit and confirmation bias.
Gang Controlled Sexual Exploitation and Victims' Rights
18 Jul 2019
Gang Controlled Sexual Exploitation is the sale of sex by a criminal street enterprise. While Gang Controlled Sexual Exploitation has been an on-going epidemic, there has been a struggle to identify and treat these victims.
Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW
Best Practice Checklist For Interviewing Clients Who Have Experienced Trauma
27 Jun 2019
As attorneys, we take the worst stories our clients carry and try to mold them into cognizable claims for relief. One of our greatest assets are memories of our clients, particularly the specific details we use to show credibility. However, the effect of trauma on memory is well documented- often times the most painful moments are hardest to clearly remember. So how can we as attorneys help our clients remember the things anyone would want to forget?
Geoff Kagan-Trenchard, J.D., Staff Attorney at the New York City Anti Violence Project
Introduction to Victims’ Rights Enforcement
14 Jun 2019
This presentation provides an overview of crime victims' rights, identifies the most common stages in a criminal case where victims' rights are at risk, and discusses how attorneys and advocates can help assert and seek enforcement of those rights.
Meg Garvin, J.D.