Legal Support for Survivors

The Fierberg National Law Group (TFNL)

“Across the country and for more than 25 years, The Fierberg National Law Group has been the only legal team focused on, and dedicated to, representing families, survivors, and others in lawsuits and other legal proceedings nationwide involving fraternity hazing, sexual assault, Title IX violations, gun violence, serious personal injury, wrongful death, and other misconduct in schools.

Our legal team has the training, experience, and confidence necessary to overcome tough legal obstacles and well-heeled lawyers.  If we are not licensed to practice in the state where tragedy has occurred, we obtain special permission to practice and associate ourselves with qualified local trial counsel – combining local attorneys with national expertise – giving you the best legal representation.”


The National Women’s Law Center

“The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls. We use the law in all its forms to change the culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families. For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women.”


Legal Momentum

“Legal Momentum is a national nonprofit organization that leads action for the legal rights of women. Our targeted litigation, education, policy advocacy, and research help to shape the laws and policies that affect gender equality and ensure that they are properly implemented and enforced. Successful initiatives include judicial education programs on the realities of sexual assault and domestic violence; successful advocacy for the Violence Against Women Act; and representing women who have been subjected to workplace discrimination with precedent-setting litigation.”


Sanford Heisler Sharp

“Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group draws on more than 30 years of experience in crime victim advocacy to provide survivors of criminal/sexual violence — who are confronted with the pain of their experience and a dizzying array of life-altering decisions, oftentimes with little or no guidance—exceptional advocacy in their effort to find some measure of justice.

Sanford Heisler Sharp distinguishes itself by partnering with leading advocacy organizations and advocating for clients in the criminal and civil court systems. The Firm understands that survivors’ rights are routinely violated in ways that harm their chances of bringing a civil lawsuit, since prosecutors represent the state—not the survivor. Attorneys at the Firm are knowledgeable and well-prepared to help many survivors (especially those who are poor, LGBTQ, or part of a minority group) that can benefit from bringing lawsuits in both systems.”


SurvJustice

“National nonprofit increasing the prospect of justice for survivors by holding perpetrators and enablers of sexual violence accountable.”

“SurvJustice is a legal nonprofit, based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to providing justice to survivors of sexual and intimate-partner violence. We accomplish this through policy advocacy to expand victims’ rights, institutional training that builds responsive systems, and legal assistance that holds accountable both perpetrators and enablers of sexual violence in campus, criminal, and civil systems. By working on these fronts, SurvJustice is creating accountability that reduces the prevalence of campus sexual violence throughout the United States. Founded in 2014, it is still the only national organization that provides legal assistance to survivors in campus hearings across the country.

SurvJustice, Inc. is a survivor-founded, survivor-led, D.C.-based national not-for-profit. Our mission is to increase the prospect of justice for all survivors of sexual violence through effective legal assistance that holds accountable both perpetrators and enablers in campus, civil, and criminal systems. SurvJustice is the only national nonprofit that provides legal assistance to survivors in campus hearings across the country. To date, SurvJustice has received more than 800 requests for assistance from survivors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”


End Rape on Campus

“We provide free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence, including, but not limited to, in the following ways:

  • connecting survivors, parents and friends with support networks

  • filing federal complaints

  • mentoring student activists

  • connecting survivors with mental health professionals

  • connecting survivors with legal counsel

EROC is a member of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service that links high-impact social enterprises and NGOs with top law firms who offer free legal assistance.”


JDoe App

“Today’s justice system is unable to provide safe and empathetic spaces for survivors.

Sexual misconduct remains a difficult crisis for women and men. Fear, social blaming, and isolation continue to be key factors that cause victims to remain silent.

JDoe is an encrypted and anonymous reporting platform. By linking victims of mutual offenders with lawyers, JDoe encourages the pursuit of legal action to catalyze legal success and prevent future offenses. Available now on iOS and Android.”


Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.

“Founded in 2003, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to end discrimination and achieve equality for transgender people, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities. Transgender people have been subject to pervasive discrimination that has kept them, with rare exceptions, hidden from public view. While this discrimination has begun to lessen, transgender people still experience much prejudice and violence.”


Public Justice

“Public Justice pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses.”


National Center for Victims of Crime

“The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives.

The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to — and working on behalf of — crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization’s work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.”


End Rape on Campus Accountability Map

“The Campus Accountability Map allows users to view in-depth information on each institution’s sexual assault investigation policies, prevention efforts, and available survivor support resources as well as high-level statistics on definitions, training, sanctions, and investigations. The map also allows users to compare these metrics between schools and gain a better understanding of what policies look like across the nation through a user-friendly interface.”


The Network for Victim Recovery of DC

“The Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) provides free, holistic, and comprehensive case management and legal services to victims of all types of crime regardless of income. We believe that victims deserve respect for their dignity in the aftermath of a crime. NVRDC seeks to empower crime victims in our nation’s capital by meeting them where they are and, in doing so, provide vital services in order to achieve justice and encourage self-determination.”


Victim Rights Law Center (Massachusetts and Oregon)

“The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) was established in 2003 as the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. Through free legal services, our staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys help restore victims’ lives after experiencing sexual violence, ensuring that survivors may stay in school; protecting their privileged and confidential mental health, medical and education records; preserving their employment; maintaining safe housing; securing their immigration status, and swiftly accessing victim compensation and other benefits.”

The VRLC’s mission 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.”


Break the Cycle (LA, DC)

“Break the Cycle provides legal services to young survivors of dating abuse in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC. Our legal services are free and are available to young people who are:

  • 12 to 24 years old
  • Living in the Los Angeles County and Washington, DC metropolitan area
  • Seeking help because of dating abuse, domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault”

Victim Rights Center of CT

“The Victim Rights Center of Connecticut (VRCCT) is dedicated to serving the needs of victims of violent crime. We do this by combining our understanding of the effects of trauma on victims with our knowledge of the many ways the legal system can help to reduce the disruptions that violence can bring to the lives of survivors. VRCCT acts as independent legal counsel sworn to protect the legal rights and best interests of the victim through a broad-based approach grounded in litigation, creative problem-solving, and extensive knowledge of the judicial system.”

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