When Is the VRLC's Next Pro Bono Attorney Training?
Please check our Events page for upcoming training opportunities.
If your law firm would like to host a pro bono attorney training please e-mail us.
What is the Victim Rights Law Center?
The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the civil legal needs of sexual assault victims. While police and prosecutors may be able to arrest and try an assailant, nationally, there is a 2% national conviction and incarceration rate of perpetrators of sexual violence. In addition, such interventions cannot address many needs a victim may have that fall outside the criminal process. The fear and emotional turmoil that follows an assault can destabilize basic - yet essential - needs of a victim, such as housing, employment, physical safety, and education. Without the Victim Rights Law Center, many victims would have nowhere to go for this critical support. VRLC staff, with the assistance of pro bono attorneys, low bono attorneys, and paraprofessionals, provide free civil legal assistance to hundreds of survivors throughout Massachusetts and in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington, Counties, Oregon.
The VRLC was established in 2003 and is the pioneer in the field of civil representation of sexual assault victims. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Violence Against Women has recognized our pro bono attorney training and our legal work as a model worthy of nationwide replication, and granted us funding to launch an additional direct services program in Oregon in 2013.
Why Volunteer with the Victim Rights Law Center?
As a volunteer attorney, you have the opportunity to help sexual re-stabilize a sexual assault victim’s life. Volunteer attorneys and paraprofessionals assist sexual assault victims with a variety of civil legal needs including privacy rights, sexual assault protection orders, housing, immigration, employment, and financial stability. Volunteers also conduct legal research and draft amicus briefs and legislation regarding the rights of sexual assault survivors. The VRLC screens and retains all of the cases while supervising and providing mentorship to volunteer attorneys. Most cases are a 15-20 hour commitment.
How Do I Become a VRLC Pro Bono Attorney?
Participation is open to attorneys and paraprofessionals. For more information, or to RSVP to our next training, please contact us.