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Nandi Roberson

  • Hosted by ROAR Center, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Baltimore, Maryland
  • Law school American University Washington College of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Crime Victims Advocacy Program

The Project

Nandi (she/her/hers) will provide civil legal assistance and rights enforcement legal assistance for survivors of crimes in BIPOC communities and communities with high levels of disinvestment.

Members of marginalized communities often face a higher risk of crime victimization. In Baltimore, crime survivors may not report a crime to the police because of distrust, fear, shame, cultural norms, or lack of understanding of one’s rights. When a police report is made, few crimes are criminally prosecuted. As a result, many crime survivors in Baltimore do not receive services related to their victimization. The absence of critical services often impacts housing, criminal injury compensation, and enforcement of crime victims’ rights in law enforcement proceedings for survivors.

Fellowship Plans

The overarching goal of this Fellowship project is to engage with people most at risk of victimization and least likely to receive support in efforts to reform systemic responses to crime. Nandi will provide legal advocacy for clients who are survivors of gun violence, homicide of a family member, and intimate partner violence. She will achieve her goal by providing civil legal advocacy to survivors of crime in Baltimore, conducting outreach including Know Your Rights seminars, and providing trauma-informed services to marginalized communities.

As a Black woman, I am honored to work with survivors on their journey to determine what 'justice' means for them.

Nandi Roberson /
2023 Crime Victims Advocacy Program Fellow

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