Joshua Medina is a Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator at the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) in Portland, Oregon, where his legal and educational initiatives advance victims’ rights nationwide. Joshua manages NCVLI’s pro bono attorney network, as well as the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA) and its resources. He collaborates with professionals throughout the country on NCVLI’s Increasing Legal Access to Rural Victims of Crime project and Rights in Systems Enforced (RISE) project. As an Equal Justice Works alum, Joshua is energized by NCVLI’s role as a training and technical assistance provider for the Crime Victims Justice Corps (CVJC), through which he supports current Equal Justice Works Fellows in their work every day. Joshua is proud to bring that same energy into his service as a member of the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors.
Joshua’s strong sense of community was instilled in him during his upbringing in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but he committed to empowering others from the moment he started working at a Legal Aid office and volunteering with immigration clinics in 2009. His experience creating policy to strengthen human and environmental rights enforcement for the Municipality of Urubamba in Peru’s Sacred Valley in 2010 fortified his determination to generate sustainable advancements towards equal access and opportunities for meaningful participation in the justice system. He remained dedicated to those principles when he first agreed to build, refine and manage community-centered immigration law projects in 2012 with the Center for NonProfit Legal Services in Medford, Oregon, and they continued to help him serve his communities as the only nonprofit immigration attorney in the state of Alabama, where he assembled and trained a network of pro bono attorneys throughout the region between 2015-2018.
He graduated from New Mexico State University in 2006 as a Presidential Scholar and the University of Oregon School of Law in 2011.