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Victim Rights Law Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: The mission of vrlc 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.

Programs: Client services-vrlc attorneys provide free civil legal services to over 900 rape and sexual assault survivors a year throughout massachusetts and in multnomah, clackamas, and washington counties, oregon. Vrlc attorneys represent individual survivors to help stabilize and rebuild their lives in the areas of education, employment, housing, immigration, privacy, safety, and financial security.

national training & technical assistance- vrlc attorneys provide national, in person, and online trainings, consultations, and mentorship to thousands of lawyers, advocates, law enforcement, educators, administrators, medical professionals, and others to advance access to justice for rape and sexual assault survivors throughout the united states and territories. The vrlc has two national technical assistance programs: (1) sexual assault justice education project specifically for office for violence against women (ovw) legal assistance to victims grantees and (2) privacy rights project to promote the privacy rights of survivors for all ovw grantees.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent ten weeks volunteering full-time with the VRLC in the Portland, Oregon office and enjoyed every moment! I spent my times doing research for their Technical Assistant program as well as working on a presentation for the National Sexual Assault Conference.

The VRLC is a phenomenal organization that approaches sexual assault work in holistic way. Their goal of helping victims in multiple areas--such as housing, education, public benefits, and immigration--is a unique model that actually addresses the complexity of sexual assault and its impact on victims. In addition, the VRLC trains people who are working with victims everyday, such as advocates at crisis centers, to identify legal problems in order to better assist their clients.

Volunteering with the VRLC was not only an amazing learning experience, but also incredibly fun. The attorneys are passionate about the work, and their dedication and expertise makes volunteering with the VRLC a very special experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer attorney at the VRLC for three months and provided assistance in several of the VRLC's practice areas including education, housing and immigration. I conducted intake interviews. I analyzed whether universities were meeting their Title IX obligations. I represented a client at a Boston Housing Authority hearing who was denied DV/dating violence/stalking priority status. I also prepared a client for her restraining order hearing. Finally, I assisted in the preparation of an application for permanent residency for a U-visa client.

The VRLC is an extraordinary organization. The work is interesting and the staff is incredible to work with. I learned so much in a short amount of time. Most importantly, before working at the VRLC I didn't know that I was interested in education related work, but I now am extremely interested in pursuing work in this area. I feel extremely lucky to have volunteered at the VRLC and I hope one day in the future I can reconnect with the organization.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an organization, this nonprofit is great in large part because of the staff. VRLC staff are passionate about what they do and the clients they serve, and they all work tirelessly to help in any way they can.

As a volunteer for the organization, I was given meaningful work and learned so much in a short period of time as a result. VRLC staff take the time to work with you in order to ensure you feel prepared.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VRLC is focused on its core mission of providing support to sexual assault victims. It understands the key role volunteers play in serving that mission, uses volunteers' time wisely, and provides a great deal of support and resources. Volunteers looking to aid sexual assault victims - and particularly lawyers looking to offer pro bono legal services - could not find a better provider to work with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for several months. The VRLC does amazing work for sexual assault survivors! The training they offer attorneys is second to none. During my time volunteering for them I've learned about representing victims of sexual assault, the impact of sexual assault on victims, and the emerging areas of law dealing with sexual assault. This is simply a fantastic organization that does much needed work for sexual assault survivors.

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