When Is the VRLC's Next Low Bono Attorney Training?
If you are interested in hosting a low bono training in person or accessing the VRLC's low bono webinar, please contact 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, there is a 2% national conviction and incarceration rate of rapists. In addition, such interventions cannot address many needs of the victim 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, provides free civil legal assistance to hundreds of survivors throughout Massachusetts and 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 program in Oregon in 2013.
Why become a Low Bono Attorney with the Victim Rights Law Center?
Low Bono Attorneys will help keep survivors safe in their homes, jobs, and schools in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties, Massachusetts. They assist sexual assault victims primarily by obtaining 258E Harassment Prevention Orders and 209A Restraining Orders; and protecting a survivor's private medical, mental health, and education records in civil privacy hearings during criminal trials; although other legal areas will be considered if the need arises.
Low Bono Attorneys will be required to participate in a live training or recorded webinar in order to qualify for these positions. Attorneys will also be required to sign a confidentiality agreement, provide proof of active and adequate malpractice insurance, have a valid driver's license, and be comfortable driving throughout Western Massachusetts (specifically in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties).
If you are interested in additional information regarding our low bono program, please contact us.