Through the Women’s Clinic for Victim Protection (WCVP), NYLAG provides free legal services in criminal proceedings to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.

The WCVP helps crime victims enforce their rights regarding

  • Detention of the defendant before trial, pleas, and sentencing
  • Sentencing
  • Challenging invasive pretrial discovery
  • Making victim impact statements before sentencing

In addition to providing direct legal representation, the WCVP offers training to prosecutors, civil attorneys, and victim advocates on using the criminal justice system to support crime victims.

The WCVP initiated through sub-award funding from the National Crime Victim Law Institute under a grant from the Office of Victims of Crime, United States Department of Justice from 2009 to 2011.