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 the Montana Legal Services Association is funded under the OVC FY2020 Crime Victims Rights Legal Clinics which is designed to enforce crime victims rights at the federal, state, local, tribal, and appellate levels, and provide legal assistance, outreach, and education to advance the enforcement of those rights.
The goal of REP is to empower victims of crime to assert and protect their legal rights under the law, to keep themselves and their families safe from violence, to help hold offenders accountable, and to work toward recovery and wholeness in the aftermath of a crime. This model will also focus on rural and remote geography including multiple Native American Tribes with culturally distinct crime victim needs