Military-Connected Victims’ Rights Advocates

Advocating For Military-Connected Victims

NCVLI has a rich history of serving military-connected victims. This history include training Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC), Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC), and advocates, as well as and asserting and seeking enforcement of military-connected victims’ rights in military and civilian criminal justice systems.

NCVLI’s Military Expertise

NCVLI helped to envision and launch the first SVC Program in the Air Force; and trained the first cohort of 60 Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) on victims’ rights. When the SVC Program encountered its first appellate case, in the precedent-setting case LRM v. Kastenberg, NCVLI provided litigation support to the victim’s attorney and filed as amicus curiae. Since 2011, NCVLI continues to partner with all branches of the military to address the unique challenges that military-connected victims face. After the SVC and VLC Programs launched victims’ rights in military justice in 2012, military-connected victims’ rights have been included in NCVLI’s Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, which is the only national conference focusing on the enforcement of victims’ rights.

Today, NCVLI continues to advise military leadership on legal counsel program design, victims’ rights enforcement and training curricula; train SVC and VLC across branches of military service; provide legal research, writing and strategic advice; and participate as amicus curiae in cutting edge cases.

The assistance we received [from NCVLI] was great. We were new to victims’ rights issues, and had a tight turn [around] to get our filings in [on time]. We were provided over the phone strategic help, brief writing help, samples, and the NCVLI provided an amicus in our case.

- Military Victim's Rights Attorney

Current Projects

NCVLI is working on a variety of projects to aid military-connected victims from the Military Members & Families Project to NAVRA’s focus on creating a pool of pro bono attorneys dedicated to serving these survivors.