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

Pro bono Program

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

NVRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence or stalking, or any other status protected by applicable federal and District of Columbia laws.