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Katy Reed

  • Hosted by Montana Legal Services Association
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Helena, Montana
  • Law school University of Washington School of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Montana Legal Services Association is the only organization coordinating comprehensive, holistic civil legal services to crime victims in Montana, through its Victim Legal Assistance Network (VLAN) project. These services are outside the expertise of victim advocates and law enforcement, and there are few private attorneys available to assist. Crime victims may be unaware of their civil legal rights as they move through civil and criminal court processes. The rural and remote geography of Montana adds to a victim’s difficulty in finding timely and adequate resources.

Katy will work with Montana Legal Service’s Victim Legal Assistance Network to provide screening and assistance with legal advice, limited scope services, representation, advocacy, support, information, and referral to crime victims in Montana. Katy will also work with the VLAN partnership members to continue to grow and nurture a strong, comprehensive and collaborative network-wide referral process to aid crime victims in accessing services.

Katy spent the last year serving elderly survivors of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation at Montana Legal Services. She will be able to use her experience with elderly crime victims to serve all ages of survivors. Montana is her home state, and she is passionate about meeting the civil legal needs of survivors in her community.

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