Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $3,150,000)
The purpose of the Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime: Innovations in Access to Justice Programs is to build on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) efforts to support legal services for crime victims to increase legal access to crime victims by launching a three-purpose, expansive legal services program with the objective to enforce victims' rights by 1) Increasing Capacity and Access to Civil Legal Help for Crime Victims Through the Legal Fellows Program, 2) Using Technology/Other Innovations to Increase Legal Access in Rural Areas, and 3) Training and Technical Assistance - Legal Partnerships Increasing Medical Care Advocacy to Crime Victims.
With this award, the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), in partnership with Pro Bono Net and the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project, will implement the Technology and Law Project to help fill the gap in rural victims services using innovative, technological approaches combined with training, outreach and community partnerships. Specifically, NCVLI will 1) oversee three rural legal assistance sites that will leverage technology to provide holistic legal services to crime victims; (2) provide technical assistance to aid rural site planning and technology development; (3) enhance project effectiveness and replicability through ongoing technical assistance and knowledge sharing systems; (4) ensure effective legal advocacy through intensive technical assistance and training; and (5) evaluate the project and document promising practices for future dissemination. CA/NCF