August 19, 2013
My husband and I are volunteers, but we are also survivors of a terrible murder-for-hire, of our pregnant daughter, in June 2005. My husband and I tried to have a negative decision, handed to us by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, overturned. After first trying to "fix" the problem ourselves, we ended up spending $3,000 on a lawyer who is extremely dedicated and proficient (he represents many Redskins football players), to correct a "no-brainer." We still were unable to get the judgement against us overturned. We reached out to MCVRC, and by the grace of God, very dedicated pro bono lawyers Laura Martin, and Tracy Delaney were able to get the decision rightfully overturned. We are grateful beyond words for their persistence and dedication, as well as their compassion. We are humbled by the many other survivors who have either founded MCVRC, or "found" MCVRC, as we did, who have provided great emotional and court support to us. Russell Butler's dedication in continuing to pursue legislation favoring victims has provided relief to us and other victims - we are grateful to him beyond words. There are no adequate words to provide what our experience has been like, in our "new life", but the many others that are a part of the support group that we frequently attend have gone to great lenghts to assist us in finding our "new normal", and we wouldn't be here without them.
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