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Crime Victims Advocacy Program

Victimization can create a myriad of civil legal problems and intensify pre-existing challenges faced by victims and their families. Without legal representation, these complex legal issues can be overwhelming for victims of crime to navigate alone.

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Advocacy Program (CVAP) is mobilizing lawyers (Attorney Fellows) and law students (Student Fellows) to increase access to legal aid for survivors of crime, especially in underserved black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities.

Program Overview & Benefits

  • Attorney Fellows earn a salary over the course of their two-year Fellowship term
  • Student Fellows receive a $7,000 stipend upon completion of 300 hours of service (eight to ten-week term)
  • During the summer, Student Fellows help support the work of the Attorney Fellow(s) at their host organization
  • Receive trainings, technical assistance, and mentorship throughout the program

Quick Facts

  • ~17M Americans were victims of crime in 2020
  • 4.5M+ violent crimes reported in America in 2020
  • It is essential for victims of crime to have access to legal aid to enforce their rights. Verna Williams
    CEO, Equal Justice Works
  • 12M+ property crimes reported in America in 2020

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How it works...

1 Determine your program eligibility


  • Attorney Fellows are public interest lawyers working on-the-ground providing free civil legal aid to low-income survivors of crime. These Fellows must be licensed to practice law or have taken a bar exam (to be determined by the host organization)
  • Student Fellows are current law students working alongside them to provide support and build legal skills outside the classroom

2 View project descriptions

Project descriptions and application requirements vary by opportunity. To apply, select a host organization, review the requirements, and tailor your application accordingly. Applications for remaining Attorney Fellow positions will be processed through our Attorney Fellow submission portal on a rolling basis. Applications to become a Student Fellow are now closed.

Organizations seeking applicants will have a linked project description, accessible by clicking “view open positions,” which includes full details about the role as well as specific application requirements.

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Hey Law Students: Apply Now for a Summer of Service!

Equal Justice Works has launched applications for law students to participate in a summer of service! Law Students are invited to apply to spend their summer serving crime victims with the Crime Victims Advocacy Program, helping communities affected by disaster with the Disaster Resilience Program, or increasing access to legal aid in rural areas with the Rural Summer Legal Corps. Applications for our law student summer programs opened on January 4th, 2024.

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This program is supported by an award under 15POVC-22-GK-01116-NONF, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

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