Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $800,000)
Under this award, the grantee will undertake a comprehensive effort to ensure the enforcement of victims' rights at the state, federal, and tribal levels through direct, pro bono representation by victim legal clinics in criminal court. The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) will continue and enhance its current work under a cohesive, national strategy to advance victims' rights. The centerpiece of this strategy is the direct, pro bono representation of crime victims in state, tribal, and federal criminal court by a network of legal clinics, supported by intensive expert technical assistance and training from NCVLI. To this end, NCVLI will accomplish three goals: (1) provide subgrants to legal clinics across the country to provide direct pro bono legal services to crime victims; (2) provide intensive technical assistance and training to the legal clinics to ensure the most effective assertion and enforcement of victims' rights; and (3) leverage the expertise and knowledge of the system to enhance the legal clinic network's capacity to serve victims and to help advance victims' rights nationally.