Our pro bono attorneys have seen great results since the beginning of the fiscal year! In one notable victory, Mary Beth Hickcox-Howard of Williams & Connolly helped her client obtain an extension of her Civil Protection Order (CPO) after a trial, and more.
Jess* is a young mother who is devoted to her child. She may seem quiet, but she never hesitates to take any steps needed to keep herself and her child safe. Jess ended her relationship with her child's father, Sam*, who abused Jess physically, sexually, and verbally in front of their child. Most recently, NVRDC and Mary Beth helped Jess ask the court to extend the CPO protecting Jess and her child from Sam. But Sam used the process to ask the court to order Jess's child to visit Sam's family. After an emotionally challenging trial, the court denied Sam's request for a modification and granted Jess's request for an extension for the full twelve months.
But, Mary Beth's advocacy did not end there. Jess continued to receive communications from Sam from prison, where he is serving a sentence for abusing Jess. So, NVRDC and Mary Beth worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office, and successfully advocated for the prison to restrict Sam's mail privileges. As a result, Jess is free from Sam disrupting her peace of mind through prohibited communications.
Jess and her child still have to take careful steps to keep safe, but they are relieved to have the protections of a CPO for the next year.
*Names have been changed for privacy.