Do you want to be an NVRDC legal intern? (For students currently enrolled in law school only.)

NVRDC's legal internship program provides law students the opportunity to work on a variety of important issues related to representing DC crime victims in a supportive and engaging work environment.  Every semester and summer NVRDC has legal internship positions available for passionate and dedicated law students.  Please see below for an overview of intern responsibilities and qualifications. 

Potential Intern Responsibilities:

  • Conducting client intakes
  • Safety planning with clients
  • Assisting NVRDC attorneys with case preparation, including drafting opening statements, direct examinations, and closing arguments as well as organizing evidence and preparing exhibits
  • Conducting legal research and writing memos on cutting-edge legal issues
  • Drafting motions and other pleadings
  • Drafting educational and promotional materials
  • Accompanying NVRDC attorneys to client meetings and court hearings
  • Attending community outreach events
  • Other duties as needed

Desired Intern Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm and passion for NVRDC's mission
  • Strong legal research and writing skills
  • Effective communication with co-workers, clients and community partners
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative and be pro-active
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced work environment

We are currently accepting applications for our fall internship position.  To apply please complete and submit the internship application form here. We will stop accepting applications on June 15, 2017 or as soon as the position is filled. Questions regarding NVRDC's legal internships should be directed to Kiera Bloore at kiera@nvrdc.org

 

 

Underserved Populations Outreach Intern - Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

Location: 6856 Eastern Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20012 and possible work from home
Compensation: Unpaid
Hours: 10-15/week
Start date: May 2017
End date: August 2017

Underserved Populations Outreach Intern

The Network for Victim Recovery of DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving survivors of all types of crime in DC. NVRDC empowers victims of all crimes to achieve survivor-defined justice through a collaborative continuum of advocacy, case management and legal services.

NVRDC’s case management team is seeking a driven, thoughtful person to serve as a summer intern. This individual will dedicate 10-15 hours per week to working both on site and remotely. 

The Underserved Populations Outreach Intern will assist NVRDC’s mission through research and outreach that targets the DC communities that are most affected by crime yet underrepresented among those receiving services.  This work will include data tracking, client assessments, and other special projects as needed. The intern will work alongside the case management team, allowing an inside look at community-based victim services provision. This position includes the opportunity to broaden the intern's knowledge of the field through shadowing professionals and attending staff trainings. Undergraduate applicants with a background in sociology, victim services, or gender-based violence are preferred. This internship is unpaid; we are happy to provide a summary of hours worked if needed to fulfill a graduation requirement. 

Projects and responsibilities:

  • Compile and visualize internal and external demographic data
  • Perform outreach to and collaborate with partner organizations locally and parallel organizations outside of DC
  • Assist in identifying and facilitating resources for staff development
  • Assist with client assessments as needed

The ideal candidate will have strong self-awareness with sensitivity to those affected by trauma and systemic marginalization, experience with data entry/visualization and a variety of computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite), an understanding of and adherence to strict confidentiality,  and a demonstrated commitment to empowering survivors. Individuals with bilingual proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Please contact audrey@nvrdc.org if you have any questions about this internship opportunity. To apply for the Underserved Populations Outreach Internship, please click here.

 

 

Survivor's Resource Enhancement Intern - Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

Location: 6856 Eastern Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20012 and possible work from home
Compensation: Unpaid
Hours: 10-15/week
Start date: May 2017
End date: August 2017

Survivor's Resource Enhancement Intern

The Network for Victim Recovery of DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving survivors of all types of crime in DC. NVRDC empowers victims of all crimes to achieve survivor-defined justice through a collaborative continuum of advocacy, case management and legal services.

NVRDC’s case management team is seeking a driven, thoughtful person to serve as a summer intern. This individual will dedicate 10-15 hours per week to working both on site and remotely. 

The Survivor's Resource Enhancement Intern will assist NVRDC’s mission with data entry, research projects, data tracking, client assessments, and other special projects as needed. The intern will work alongside the case management team, allowing an inside look at community-based victim services provision. This position includes the opportunity to broaden the intern's knowledge of the field through shadowing professionals and attending staff trainings. Undergraduate applicants with a focus on the study of non-profits, development, victim services, or gender-based violence are preferred. This internship is unpaid; we are happy to provide a summary of hours worked if needed to fulfill a graduation requirement. 

Projects and responsibilities:

  • Review, update and expand master lists of local resources for survivors of violence, including sexual assault and intimate partner violence
  • Perform data entry and editing
  • Conduct research on current policies in other jurisdictions
  • Assist case managers as needed in identifying resources outside of local jurisdictions
  • Contact survivors about upcoming events and counseling groups
  • Assist with client assessments as needed

The ideal candidate will have experience with data entry and a variety of computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite), an understanding of and adherence to strict confidentiality, strong self-awareness with sensitivity to those affected by trauma and systemic marginalization, and a demonstrated commitment to empowering survivors. Individuals with bilingual proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Please contact audrey@nvrdc.org if you have any questions about this internship opportunity. To apply for the Survivor's Resource Enhancement Internship, please click here.

 

 

Are you a DC licensed attorney?

If you are a licensed attorney who wants to have a positive impact on a survivor of crime's experience in a judicial system, NVRDC may/can give you the chance to volunteer your time in a supported and secure environment. NVRDC's Pro Bono Program offers opportunities for attorneys to represent survivors of crime in DC in three contexts: Crime Victims' Rights, Civil Protection Order cases, and during a University-based on-campus judicial process administered until Title IX. 

Because NVRDC co-counsels every case with our pro bono attorneys, volunteer attorneys determine their level of involvement with the case: whether you want to first-chair a CPO trial or do a single, discrete research project for a CVR issue in a case. As part of this co-counsel model, all attorneys can be confident they will never be left to figure out an arising issue on their own. 

NVRDC offers two additional volunteer opportunities for attorneys wanting to provide brief advice to clients rather than full representation. Our office in Takoma hosts legal clinics each second Monday of the month (from 6 – 8 p.m.) to provide one-on-one advice to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. We also conduct monthly Know Your Rights presentations and clinics at local universities where volunteers can help present to or advise students about their rights in the criminal and civil judicial systems in DC, as well as their rights in university-based processes. 

Our pro bono trainings for volunteer attorneys who are interested in taking cases are offered on a periodic basis at local law firms that generously host us. In the past, our trainings have been held at firms like Arnold & Porter, Steptoe & Johnson, and Sidley Austin, among others. 

If you are interested in being contacted about the next training, please email probono@nvrdc.org

 

 

Do you want to volunteer?

NVRDC seeks to empower DC crime victims by providing holistic and comprehensive services and support as they process their experiences and determine how to respond to the crime. As an NVRDC volunteer, you can help join us in working towards that mission.

The volunteer program is currently in transition as our staff grows. If you'd like to be kept up to date on our volunteer opportunities, including when we will be holding the next volunteer orientation and training, please contact Melanie at melanie@nvrdc.org

What is Raise the Bars?

 

Raise the Bars is an opportunity for local business owners to contribute to services for sexual assault survivors within the District. In the last 8 months over 220 survivors of sexual assault have needed a medical/forensic exam following the assault—NVRDC’s on-call advocates have responded to each survivor—offering support, information, and follow-up case management advocacy regarding financial compensation, mental health services, and access to legal assistance.

Through NVRDC’s Raise the Bars, restaurants and bars are asked to host a happy hour event in which a portion of the proceeds go directly to support the needs of sexual assault survivors within the District. Each participating business is allowed to determine how much they would like to contribute and the best time to host the event. In addition, these happy hour events raise awareness around the use of alcohol as a means to perpetrate sexual assault. NVRDC staff attends the event and offer resources regarding the appropriate responses to sexual assault and awareness around sexual violence. Assailants use many forms of coercion, threats and manipulation to rape—including alcohol and drugs. Alcohol is the number one date rape drug and most sex assaults are committed by someone we know. Collaborating with bars and bar owners is a crucial step in the fight against sexual assault.

NVRDC’s Raise the Bars acknowledges that sexual violence prevention is part of excellent customer service. When a bar is seen as safe, comfortable, and enjoyable, with friendly and helpful staff, it leads to repeat business and good tips. Looking out for the safety of customers is good for the bar and good for the community. NVRDC hopes that through this collaboration, bars will continue to provide an excellent service and ensure a safe environment for their customers through increasing awareness.


How you can help: Contact NVRDC if you are interested in hosting a Raise the Bars happy hour. Our staff will come to your location for the duration of the event and handout pro-consent and sexual assault awareness and resource materials to your patrons.  Participation in NVRDC’s Raise the Bars is a way for you to let your patrons know that your establishment is on the lookout for everyone’s safety and comfort, and cares about the important issues surrounding sexual assault.

In addition to hosting a Raise the Bars happy hour, contact NVRDC about other ways to contribute directly to services that support the recovery of sexual assault survivors and other victims of crime.

If you are interested in participating please contact Bridgette Stumpf at Bridgette@nvrdc.org or 202-742-1727. NVRDC staff will provide event publicity materials, sexual assault resources and awareness information to all participating bars.