The Victim Rights Law Center: The Only Hope for Many Survivors
"The VRLC has changed, saved, and transformed my life, and has allowed me to imagine and create a world for hundreds of other survivors where they are given the chance to express themselves without judgment, and to heal." – A VRLC client
An act of sexual violence can devastate and often derail an individual’s life. The impact is long-lasting — months, years, even a lifetime. Imagine all the necessities of your life — housing, employment, education, privacy, safety, and, in some cases, citizenship — put in jeopardy because of sexual violence. While therapists, medical professionals, and the criminal justice system can provide invaluable support, they cannot restore some of life's most immediate, basic needs.
In response, the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) was established in 2003 as the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. Through free legal services, our staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys help restore victims' lives after experiencing sexual violence, ensuring that survivors may stay in school; protecting their privileged and confidential mental health, medical and education records; preserving their employment; maintaining safe housing; securing their immigration status; and swiftly accessing victim compensation and other benefits.
The VRLC's mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim.
Leading Nationally, Serving Locally
The skills and lessons we've learned from representing individual survivors in Massachusetts and Oregon have a national impact. VRLC attorneys train advocates, lawyers, medical professionals, law enforcement, military personnel, campus administrators, and other professionals on how to improve the response to sexual violence throughout the country. Our unique and successful model for civil legal intervention in rape and sexual assault cases is funded by the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The VRLC serves as an OVW trainer and technical assistance provider to help critical services reach an increasing number of sexual assault survivors nationwide.
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