Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,000,000)
This initiative is intended to support or expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims rights. The overarching goals of this initiative are to provide victims with crime victims rights enforcement; raise awareness about crime victims rights among prosecutors, criminal justice professionals, attorneys, the local bar, law students, advocates, and other allied professionals working with victims; and to expand the body of professionals who will advocate for the enforcement of crime victims rights.
This award made to Loyola Marymount University is funded under FY2020 Crime Victims Rights Legal Clinics will be a new addition to Loyolas already robust clinical programs. Called the Loyola Crime Victims Rights Enforcement Clinic (LoVE Clinic), the new Clinic will be housed under the recently consolidated umbrella of the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic (LSJLC). The LSJLC is an impressive new aggregation of Loyolas juvenile justice, immigration, human rights and other clinics focused on important community issues under one roof. The Loyola clinics serve Los Angeles County with a particular focus on areas of high vulnerability such as South Los Angeles and the Eastside of Los Angeles. The LoVE Clinic will focus on the direct legal representation of crime victims, in particular, victims of violent crimes, especially youth, those with former gang involvement, those with disabilities, the LGBTQ population, homeless individuals, and immigrant victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. Referrals for crime victim representation will be provided through established support from the Los Angeles Police Department, LA City Attorneys Office, District Attorneys Office, and community partners including: Dolores Mission, Homeboy Industries, Disability Rights California, Peace Over Violence, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, LGBTQ Center and Strength United.