As a crime victim in DC you are entitled to specific legal rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act
CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS ACT (“CVRA”) OF 2004, 18 U.S.C. § 3771
(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.
(2) The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public proceeding involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.
(3) The right not to be excluded from any such public proceeding.
(4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding involving release, plea, or sentencing.
(5) The right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.
(6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.
(7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.
(8) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.
(9) The right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea agreement or deferred prosecution agreement.
(10) The right to be informed of the rights under this section and the services described in section 503(c) of the Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 10607(c)) and provided contact information for the Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice.
However, the criminal justice system is complex and can be very intimidating to navigate alone. NVRDC’s criminal legal services department is able to assist victims of all crimes by providing free support, information and representation in reporting the crime, the investigation process and enforcing crime victims’ rights throughout all trial proceedings.
DC’s Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights (§ 23-1901) also provides “that officers or employees of the District of Columbia engaged in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of the crime or judicial process shall make their best efforts to see that victims of crime are accorded their rights.” NVRDC staff attorneys are available to assist in communicating with law enforcement and prosecutors regarding your case.
NVRDC's legal team was awarded the National Crime Victims Law Institute's 2015 Legal Advocacy Award. This award recognizes crime victims’ rights attorneys who have dedicated and committed their time to representing victims of crime in the criminal justice system.
NVRDC's legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and has expanded to a total of seven attorneys in only three years. In that time, NVRDC has worked tirelessly to form a professional and symbiotic relationship with the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Attorney’s Office, as well as other partner organizations in the District of Columbia that provide supportive or legal services to survivors of crime. NVRDC has served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identity theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide. NVRDC’s legal team has aggressively pursued survivor’s rights under the Crime Victims’ Right Act in DC, including seeking or enforcing restitution and zealously litigating its clients’ right to privacy regarding medical, educational, or business records. With over 8 universities in DC and the surrounding area, NVRDC expanded its litigation and training programs to represent survivors of sexual violence on college campus disciplinary hearings under Title IX, as well as in pursuing Title IX complaints against such institutions with the Department of Education.