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Equal Justice Works Launches Crime Victims Justice Corps

/ Press Release

Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced the launch of the Crime Victims Justice Corps (CVJC), a two-year program that will provide civil legal services to victims of crime and enforce victims’ rights.

Supported by an $8.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, the program will train and place over 60 lawyers (Fellows) and 30 law students to work at nonprofit organizations across the country to increase access to civil legal assistance and enforce victim’s rights for victims of human trafficking and other violent crimes.

“Equal Justice Works welcomes this opportunity to join forces with the Office of Victims of Crime to lead this effort to expand much-needed direct legal services to crime victims,” said David Stern, executive director at Equal Justice Works. “This grant will allow us to promote justice and ensure that crime victims receive the right legal assistance to rebuild their lives.”

Fellows will work with crime victims to enforce their rights and address the issues arising from their victimization, such as employment, education, housing, immigration, family law, income instability, and loss of medical care and benefits.

Equal Justice Works will begin the selection process for the host sites in February, and the Fellowship will begin in May/June.

CVJC is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

For more information about CVJC, please contact Allie Yang-Green, Senior Manager, at [email protected].

Equal Justice Works welcomes this opportunity to join forces with the Office of Victims of Crime to lead this effort to expand much-needed direct legal services to crime victims. This grant will allow us to promote justice and ensure that crime victims receive the right legal assistance to rebuild their lives.

David Stern /
Executive Director, Equal Justice Works

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