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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 a cohort of attorney Fellows to increase access to legal aid for survivors of crime, especially in underserved black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities.

Fellowship Overview & Benefits

  • Two-year Fellowship term
  • Salary and benefits, as determined by the Fellow's host organization
  • Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C.
  • Responsive training and technical assistance
  • Regular substantive and skills-based workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities

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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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1 Check to make sure you’re eligible

Qualifications are set by each host organization, but typically Fellows must:

  • Be licensed to practice law or have taken a bar exam (to be determined by the host organization)
  • Have a commitment to social justice
  • Have excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate strong oral and negotiation skills
  • Work as a team member
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Equal Justice Works Receives a Grant from OVC

In October 2022, Equal Justice Works announced that we were awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, to launch the Crime Victims Advocacy Program (CVAP), a two-year legal Fellowship program.

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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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