Do you want to be an NVRDC legal intern? 

Our 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. Internships with NVRDC are unpaid, but we are happy to help interns fulfill any requirements they have for receiving academic credit or outside funding for the internship.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Conducting client intakes with NVRDC staff attorneys
  • Assisting attorneys with case preparation for Civil Protection Order cases at DC Superior Court, including drafting opening statements, direct examinations, and closing arguments as well as organizing evidence and preparing exhibits
  • Performing legal research and writing memoranda on cutting-edge legal issues related to crime victims' rights, Civil Protection Orders, and Title IX
  • Drafting motions and other pleadings in criminal cases and Civil Protection Order cases
  • Drafting educational and promotional materials for NVRDC's outreach efforts
  • Accompanying NVRDC attorneys to court hearings in Civil Protection Order and criminal cases
  • Attending community outreach events
  • Performing other duties as needed

Desired Intern Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm and passion for NVRDC's mission and an interest in crime victims' rights
  • Relevant experience or knowledge related to crime victims' rights, advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, or other related fields. (Note that this is preferred but not required)
  • Strong legal research and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative and be pro-active
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced work environment

Positions for Spring and Summer 2018 have been filled, but please check back again soon for future internship postings!

Please email NVRDC's Legal Intern Coordinator, Ruth Perrin, at with any questions.



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



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.

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

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 or 202-742-1727. NVRDC staff will provide event publicity materials, sexual assault resources and awareness information to all participating bars.