From early days of summer to the back-to-school season, the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) finished the fiscal year (FY18) off right! Thanks to your support, our 6th annual cornhole tournament was a big success and NVRDC's Twitter profile was visited more than ever before!

Continue reading to learn about NVRDC's impact in the last quarter of the fiscal year —from July 1 to September 30, 2018!
NVRDC at the Fiesta DC parade on 9/29
Impact Snapshot:
July through September 2018
NVRDC advocates responded to the hospital 127 times to provide services to survivors

The percentage of new Sexual Assault Crisis Response Project clients who identified as college students doubled in September compared to August

70 safe rides were provided to or from the hospital for services —that's 25% over the last quarter

NVRDC's Legal Services staff added 82 new cases to their caseloads

 Including 55 continuing legal cases from previous quarters, the total number of legal cases worked on last quarter was 101

56% of new legal clients sought assistance from NVRDC for crimes other than sexual assault

NVRDC legal staff appeared in court 50 times for criminal matters alone
Back to School!
As the new school year started, NVRDC partnered with the DC Forensic Nurse Examiners to educate students on the important services we provide to victims of sexual assault.
Thanks DCRCC!
On July 18 and 20, NVRDC staff attended a 2-day training facilitated by staff from the DC Rape Crisis Center on Implicit Bias in Working with Survivors of Sexual Assault.
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View all pictures from the event here on our Facebook page!
This year's 6th Annual Cornhole for a Cause was another hit! The Unicornholes and A Hole Lotta Fun were the last two teams standing (and a deserving third place shout out to team Cougar Shuttle!). After a tight competition, The Unicornholes were named the 2018 Champions of Cornhole for a Cause!

We are thrilled to report that we exceeded our $25,000 goal. We owe many thanks to our co-host, Monocacy, and our event sponsors:   Steptoe & Johnson LLP , Arnold & Porter LLP , Hogan Lovells , Latham & Watkins LLP , Williams & Connolly LLP , Sidley Austin LLP , Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP , and   Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Congrats to Pete on winning the Longest Toss and to team "Close Encounters of the Kernel Kind” of Latham & Watkins for winning our inaugural team name contest!
Advocacy through Policy
On July 3, the Address Confidentiality Act of 2018 (formerly known as the " Voter Address Confidentiality Amendment Act of 2017 ", Bill 22-0037 ) officially became law in DC as D.C. Law 22-118 . NVRDC provided testimony to the DC Council in support of the act, and has since worked with the Judiciary Committee to ensure that DC survivors feel safe and that their privacy is protected.
In solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and all survivors of sexual assault, staff participated in a coordinated walkout on September 24.
NVRDC welcomes this announcement and is excited to see how to incorporate the law into NVRDC's services. On July 27, NVRDC submitted written testimony to the DC Council relating to Bill 22-0472 , "Protection from Sexual Extortion Amendment Act of 2017," with detailed technical testimony to the Council's Judiciary Committee suggesting changes to the bill to ensure adequate legal protection for survivors of sexual extortion.
Maddie's Story
* Some details have been omitted for privacy
During the Fall semester of last year, Maddie was looking forward to socializing because, even though it was a new school year, she felt very at ease in her home away from home. Maddie went to a party jointly organized by her sorority and a partnering fraternity. While hanging out with her friends, Maddie had several alcoholic drinks, became heavily intoxicated, and no longer had the capacity to consent. She was laughing and dancing when her memory retention started to blackout. Maddie doesn’t remember much after that. The next day, Maddie learned that a man she barely knew had taken her upstairs and raped her. Maddie was in disbelief.
Maddie filed a formal Title IX complaint with her university. The campus sexual assault advocacy program referred Maddie to the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, and she reached out.

Maddie’s NVRDC attorneys accompanied her to several meetings at the university to be interviewed by the Title IX Investigator, to answer questions written by her assailant, and to view a case file of pictures, videos, witness statements, and the investigator’s report. Maddie’s attorneys helped her ensure the Investigator considered all of her evidence in full.  

After a months-long investigation, the Title IX Investigator found that the offender violated the code of student conduct by committing rape against Maddie. Maddie worked with her NVRDC attorney to draft a statement describing the impact the offender's conduct had on every aspect of her life including her mental health and her academic performance. The sanctioning panel imposed the highest possible sanction on the Respondent—permanent dismissal from the university.

After learning of the result, Maddie felt both relieved and vindicated. But, it wasn’t over yet. As expected, the offender appealed the outcome. The offender and his attorney submitted an appeal that  demeaned Maddie and attempted to shame her for drinking, among other things. Maddie's attorney helped her draft a response to the appeal that dispensed with each of these attacks. The offender's appeal was denied and the finding of responsibility and sanction of dismissal were upheld. Maddie was thrilled with the result.

Maddie has decided to transfer to another university to be closer to the support people in her life and to spend more time in nature.
Coming Up on
November 8, 2018:
NVRDC's 7th
Annual Event!
We're excited to announce that tickets are now available for our upcoming 7th Annual Event: Transformative Change. The event will be held at Sidley Austin LLP on Thursday, November 8, 2018. For more details and tickets, visit our Eventbrite page .

Want to see who else is coming? Click here to view the Facebook event !
Maggie presents with the
Biden Foundation's
It's On Us Campaign
In August, the Biden Foundation and It's On Us hosted a summit for the student leaders of the It's On Us Regional Advisors , in which students spent the weekend learning about different campus issues affecting survivors of sexual violence. NVRDC’s Staff Attorney & Legal Clinic Coordinator, Maggie Schmidt, presented on survivor support. Her presentation focused on the needs of survivors of sexual violence, reporting options, and survivor confidentiality under Title IX and Clery. With this knowledge, the Regional Advisors gained an understanding of how to support survivors during the course of the year promoting the It's On Us message.
Maggie Schmidt presenting to the It's On Us Regional Advisors on August 5, 2018.
NVRDC's Pro Bono Program
Summer Associate Learning Initiative
In the first month of Q4, the Pro Bono Program concluded its first ever Summer Associate Learning Initiative. Summer associates toured DC Superior Courthouse, visited the DC Forensic Nurse Examiners ' headquarters, and observed Civil Protection Order and criminal calendars and hearings. Pro bono attorneys remained busy throughout the quarter, obtaining favorable outcomes in three CPO cases and a crime victim's rights matter. At the close of the quarter, pro bono partners had contributed $1,890,710.63 in in-kind donations, dedicating an incredible 3,320 hours to assisting survivors of crime throughout Fiscal Year 2018.
NVRDC was proud to participate in the Biden Foundation's It's On Us August summit!
VLNDC Expands in Quarter 4
Training and onboarding for new member organizations in July 2018.
On July 9th, NVRDC furthered the integration of Victim Legal Network of DC within the District’s legal services community by expanding the network to include four new member organizations DC Law Students in Court , Safe Sisters Circle , Tzedek DC , and Whitman-Walker Health bringing the total number of VLNDC member organizations to 14. After increasing both the scope and capacity of legal services available within the network, VLNDC assisted 64 crime victims in Q4. This August also saw another exciting expansion with Glenda Moran joining as VLNDC’s Bilingual Navigator (English/Spanish). Not only does Ms. Moran bring valuable issue-spotting experience after working for two years as a Public Benefits Navigator at Whitman-Walker, but her fluency in Spanish also meaningfully improves the services VLNDC provides to Spanish-speaking crime victims (approximately 30% of VLNDC clients).
Call-in Legal Clinics
Now Held Weekly

During Quarter 4, NVRDC switched to weekly legal clinics to attempt to reach more individuals seeking brief legal services. Legal staff held 13 call-in clinics where 27 clients were served with 39 individual legal needs. Attorneys primarily provided advice on the criminal justice process and crime victims' rights. Quarter 4 also marked the beginning of a new academic year and NVRDC held two Know Your Rights Clinics at American University targeted at Resident Advisors and Student Government. In total, 115 students and 15 administrators attended these clinics.
Aug. 14: one of two Q4 clinics at American University
Training & Shadowing for
Equal Justice Works Fellow

In her first full quarter at NVRDC, Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow, Heba Estafanous, has dedicated her time to learning and training. In addition to attending the EJW  Bootcamp which included substantive training on issues of trauma, crime victims’ rights, sexual assault and domestic violence, Heba attended trainings on screening prospective clients for legal issues, vicarious trauma and self-care, implicit bias, Title IX proceedings, and trauma-informed client care. In addition, Heba is near completion of a sequence of litigation workshops where she has been learning technical trial advocacy skills.  In conjunction with her trainings, Heba has co-counseled civil protection order cases where she has had the opportunity to litigate in D.C. Superior Court. She has also retained three survivors of crime for direct representation of their crime victims’ rights.
Fiesta DC Parade
Several NVRDC staff members participated in the 47th annual celebration of Latino culture, Fiesta DC , on September 29, 2018. Click here to watch some festive video footage!
One of the Best
After submitting an annual update and undergoing a programmatic & financial review with the Catalogue for Philanthropy , we are proud to have earned a
new seal for 2018-2019!
NVRDC Blog
We published three blog posts in the 4th quarter. Read more about an intern's experience , supporting loved ones who disclose assault , and info & resources for DC college students .
DC TROV: Responding to Older Survivors
NVRDC Executive Director, Bridgette Stumpf, speaking at the DC Bar Aging & the Law Institute on Sept. 20, 2018.
In August, NVRDC, as part of its role on DC's Age-Friendly Task Force on Abuse, Neglect, and Fraud , helped to submit goals to Mayor Bowser on how to improve conditions for older survivors over the next five year period. Many agencies and organizations participated on the task force as it met and gathered public feedback throughout the spring and summer, including the Mayor's Office on Victim Services and Justice Grants, Adult Protective Services, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the Office of the Attorney General for DC. In August, the mayor accepted the proposed goals and formalized the city's plan. Going forward, each task force domain will meet twice a year to discuss progress.   ...Read the full update.
Charitable Champions!
Nirvana shares why she began donating monthly to NVRDC
Nirvana—pictured left—first learned about NVRDC while working with the British Embassy...

"I was asked to create an event for Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall (or more informally, Camilla) for her trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2015 . Camilla has been a champion against gender-based violence for many years, and I wanted her to learn about the US model of a cross-collaborative approach to sexual assault intervention, known as Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) . In researching DC's SART member organizations, I discovered NVRDC and reached out for support in planning this meeting. It was during the months leading up to this event that I became a supporter of NVRDC the staff were so impressive, I felt like I was back in the company of my own, former colleagues in San Diego. After months of intensive planning, Camilla was hosted on a tour of DC's sexual assault response services by NVRDC and MedStar Hospital Staff, following which she took a meeting with the full membership of the 12 partner agencies (forensic exam nurses, law enforcement, university professionals, etc.) that make up SART. It was so successful, and I owed that success to the staff at NVRDC and MedStar who offered their expertise and time to share their work and the SART model with someone as influential as the Duchess of Cornwall."

Nirvana mentioned her former colleagues above; read on to learn about her experience in the sexual assault field...

"After college, I worked at a Rape Crisis Center in San Diego, first as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, and then as the Development Coordinator. Because of this I know not only how vital the work is that NVRDC advocates do every day, but also the importance of sustainable, recurring donations. Particularly in this climate, I think about how survivors are bombarded with stories of sexual assault as they deal with their own experiences. And throughout this, advocates at NVRDC are sitting with their clients, listening and guiding, no matter what’s on the news. Those advocates are providing an essential resource to survivors: nonjudgmental, confidential, expert support. You can’t put a price on that, but contributing a monthly donation is a small part of how I say “thank you” to the advocates supporting survivors every step of the way , beginning from the moment an assault is reported. From what I’ve seen first-hand, that level of support can make a significant impact during someone’s healing journey."
Have an idea that could support NVRDC's mission? Email us at giving@nvrdc.org !
NVRDC Staff
Executive Director
Bridgette Stumpf

Staff
Margo Badawy
Kristin Eliason
Heba Estafanous
Leise Gergely
Amanda Gould
Naida Henao
Sofia Kaut
Charlotte Keenan
Kris Klassen
Audrey Meshulam
Merry O'Brien
Matt Ornstein
Ruth Perrin
Maggie Schmidt
Alex Scott
Stephanie Shea
Saron Shiferaw
Lindsey Silverberg
Alexandra Smith
Sarah Taylor
Karin Tovar
Natalie Trujillo
Board of Directors

Ryan Guilds, Chair
Christopher Ekimoff,  Secretary
Marc Filer,  Treasurer
Blair Decker
Amit Juneja
Jane Lee
Monica McHugh
Liam Montgomery
Miranda Petersen
Thank You!
to our fantastic
summer interns—
Charys, Chelsea,
Becca, and Noah!

We are so appreciative of all of your hard work supporting our mission here at NVRDC!
Survivor Support Fund

N VRDC recently re-launched its Survivor Support Fund ! The fund aims to empower and foster resiliency among survivors of crime through their healing process by providing a supplemental fund. The fund advances their access to resources and opportunities, not otherwise available for them, in the hopes of minimizing the impact of trauma and alleviating any basic barriers towards recovery. Keep an eye out for client success stories and news about fundraising events for the Survivor Support Fund! Want to donate now? Click here !
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NVRDC's staff and board thank all of those who contribute time , financial support , energy , & love  to empowering victims and survivors of crime in DC.
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