Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
Featured pro bono opportunity: Victim Rights Law Center
October is Pro Bono
Month. The MBA urges members to expand their pro bono efforts
to help those who need legal services. Click here to view a list of companies and MBA
programs in need of volunteers. To view MBA President Valerie A.
Yarashus' letter to membership about Pro Bono Month, click here.
victim, one lawyer ― this recipe can alter the course of a rape
victim's life forever. Rape and sexual assault often devastate a
life, shattering a victim's social, economic and emotional
well-being for years, even decades, to come. The mission of the
Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is to provide individual legal
representation to prevent such harm and help victims stabilize
their lives in the aftermath of an assault, thereby promoting
healing and long-term social and economic security. Our vision is
to build a national cadre of pro bono and legal services attorneys
committed to seeking such justice for every sexual assault victim
in the United States.
Volunteer activities: Pro bono attorneys advise
victims of their civil and criminal options and represent victims
Populations: Male and female survivors of
Legal areas: The Rape Survivors Law Project
(RSLP) is the pro bono initiative of the VRLC. To date, the RSLP
has engaged over 270 attorney and paraprofessional volunteers.
Through the RSLP, pro bono attorneys and paraprofessionals assist
sexual assault victims with a variety of civil legal needs
including privacy rights, restraining orders, housing, university
judicial proceedings, immigration, and negotiations with employers
and school administrators. In addition to representing victims with
these legal needs, our volunteers assist VRLC staff with research
projects, as well as drafting amicus briefs and legislation
regarding the rights of sexual assault survivors.
Categories: Mental health issues, immigration,
housing and homelessness, employment, education, criminal law,
crime victims, confidentiality, benefits
Requirements: Participate in two-hour training
conducted by VRLC.
Support: In addition to our training, VRLC will
provide supervision and support for pro-bono volunteers and a
Contact: Lindy Aldrich, staff attorney, (617)
399-6720 x10, 115 Broad St., Third Floor, Boston, 02110, [e-mail laldrich]
Click here to view the May 2008 Lawyers
Journal profile on Victim Rights Law Center.