Network for Victim Recovery of DC ( NVRDC ) continued to provide essential and comprehensive services to victims of crime as they welcomed Fiscal Year 2019—starting the new fiscal year with as much passion and commitment as they always bring to their work!

Continue reading to learn all about NVRDC's impact from October 1 to December 31, 2018!
Staff from NVRDC and Ayuda passed out information during October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
Impact Snapshot:
October through December 2018
NVRDC advocates responded to the hospital
117 times to provide services to survivors
—over more survivors than in Q1 of FY 2018

In October, they assisted 53 survivors—the highest number of survivors in one month since July 2016— through the Sexual Assault Crisis Response Project

57 safe rides were provided to or from
the hospital for survivors to receive services

Of all new clients to NVRDC's programs,
almost 13% self-identified as male and
nearly 62% identified as non-white

NVRDC's Legal Services staff added 94 cases
to their caseloads—an almost 15% increase
over new cases added last quarter

Including 55 continuing cases from previous quarters, the legal services team worked on a
total of 149 cases in the first quarter of FY 2019

The total number of clients NVRDC saw in the
first quarter was 380 —that's an increase of over 10% compared to the first quarter of FY 2018
Upcoming Events with NVRDC!
Join yoga instructor, Kelly,
NVRDC this Saturday, 1/26/19, at 2pm! The class is being held at VIDA Fitness in SE DC . Membership is not required for this special event!
April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month is right around the corner! Stay tuned for details on events including a clothing swap!
If you love running and love championing for survivors, we have the perfect event coming up for you! The DC Rock 'N' Roll 5K, half, or full marathon is on Saturday, 3/9/19, and you can join a team of supporters running for NVRDC by raising money for DC crime victims' services! Just register for the race of your choice then invite your network to donate
to support the cause.
Sarah's Story
After a night out with friends, Sarah* came home to her apartment for what she thought would be a restful night of sleep. Unbeknownst to her, as she was entering into her apartment, a stranger was following her closely from behind. When she opened her front door to her unit, this stranger slipped in right behind her and into her apartment. Then, the stranger sexually assaulted her in her living room after she repeatedly said no. The stranger only left when Sarah’s roommate came out to see what was going on and told him to leave.

Sarah sought out NVRDC for case management and legal assistance. Sarah had originally filed a civil case seeking to protect herself from the stranger. The NVRDC legal team advised her on closing that case out and filing for a CPO. Once the CPO case was started, two NVRDC attorneys worked to prepare her case. The stranger, who was represented, did not consent. After a one-day trial where Sarah, her roommate, and the detective who investigated the case testified, the judge continued the case to consider the evidence. When the NVRDC team and Sarah returned for the findings, the judge granted Sarah a one year CPO, allowing Sarah to feel safe as she went about her daily life. 

* Name has been changed to protect client’s identity.
Care to Dance
Huge thanks to Gozde & Ally for organizing Care to Dance in December. The event, which benefitted NVRDC and others, featured a kizomba class and discussions around sexual assault.
Funding from DCBF
NVRDC is proud to have received funding from the DC Bar Foundation to expand VLNDC's impact and make more calls & r eferrals—and help more victims of crime access legal services.
Policy Initiatives
NVRDC released its 2019 priorities: to protect crime victims' rights to privacy,
advocate for Title IX reform, and increase survivor access to resources & support. Read more here .
Thank you to everyone who played a part—big or small—in NVRDC's 7th Annual Event on November 8, 2018. You were a huge part of making this event our most successful to date and we are thrilled to share that Transformative Change raised over $40,000 to continue providing life-changing services to crime victims in DC.
We'll take one more opportunity to again extend our sincerest gratitude to our generous event sponsors!
Visit our Facebook page to see all the
photos from Transformative Change!
Responding to Older Survivors

This quarter marked the 5th year that NVRDC has coordinated the District's Collaborative Training & Response for Older Victims ( DC TROV ). The past three months have been a period of tremendous positive change in the District's response to older survivors, primarily due to the creation of a Special Victims Unit (SVU) at the Office of the Attorney General for DC to focus on prosecuting crimes against some of the most vulnerable people in DC, including victims of elder abuse. Throughout this quarter, DC TROV partners worked with the newly hired Elder Abuse Prosecutor, Elder Abuse Investigator, and other newly assigned staff within the unit to discuss inter-agency referrals and provide cross training. The creation of this unit will greatly enhance the District's ability to hold offenders accountable and provide safety to victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation.   ...Read the full update .
NVRDC's Merry O'Brien and Amy Mix of Legal Counsel for the Elderly presenting to staff at the Office of the Attorney General for DC on 10/25/18.
NVRDC: Supporting Survivors
during Kavanaugh hearings
The fall's happenings on Capitol Hill—particularly the brave testimony of Dr. Blasey Ford and related events surrounding the eventual confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court—brought countless activists to the area to stand together in support of survivors and against rape culture. NVRDC advocates were proud to be among a handful of victims' rights professionals on hand at the Hart Building to provide support to anyone who needed it. Watch the video below to hear from NVRDC staff attorney, Alex Scott, on the effects of those events on survivors of sexual assault and other violence.
NVRDC attorney, Alex Scott, being interviewed by WUSA 9 the morning of Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation.
Thank You!
for supporting NVRDC on
Another outstanding Giving Tuesday has come and gone—and left us feeling so fortunate to have your support. On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 39 champions for survivors raised $7,226 (exceeding our $7,000 goal!) to bring NVRDC's programs and services to more survivors of crime. From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you!
Equal Justice Works:
 Fellow participated in expert
panel at Howard Law event

This Fall, Howard University Law School, invited NVRDC’s Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow, Heba Estafanous, to speak on an expert panel before a class of law students on the effect of technology on sexual assault crimes.

Heba focused her October 26 presentation on cyber-violence and its effects on many of NVRDC’s clients.
Heba Estafanous presents to law students on Oct. 26.
Other event participants included Ian Harris of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Kenya Davis, an Assistant US Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia .   
University & Weekly
Call-in Clinics Continue
During this quarter, NVRDC's legal team spoke with 25 people during 12 weekly call-in clinics. Attorneys primarily answered questions about the criminal justice process and crime victims' rights. NVRDC also hosted three Know Your Rights clinics at American University and Georgetown University. Student-athletes and Greek Life were the target audiences at American University, while Georgetown's clinic was hosted by the Career Services program and open to all. In total, 31 students and four staff members attended the clinics. 
VLNDC Presentation to
DC Access to Justice Commission
On October 9th, NVRDC Executive Director, Bridgette Stumpf, and VLNDC Network Manager, Alexandra Smith, presented to DC’s Access to Justice Commission on how VLNDC’s work reduces the barriers crime victims in DC face on their journey to justice and recovery and serves as a model for access-to-justice systems in the delivery of civil legal aid. In this quarter, VLNDC also expanded its number of network partners and served 40% more crime victims seeking legal assistance compared to the previous quarter.
Pro Bono Update:
New Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney
Starting in November 2018, NVRDC welcomed Alex Scott as the new Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney. Alex first joined NVRDC as a Staff Attorney in August 2017. Prior to joining NVRDC, Alex was a staff attorney with Break the Cycle in the Washington, DC office. Alex also clerked for fifteen Family Court Magistrate Judges at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to beginning her clerkship, Alex was a post-graduate fellow at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia in the Domestic Violence and Family Law Unit. We are excited to see her bring her experience to her new role!

"I'm thrilled to have the chance to grow NVRDC's Pro Bono Program," said Alex about her new opportunity. "Even though access to justice initiatives have made significant progress for self-represented people, survivors of crime often enter the justice system only to find locked doors where attorneys hold the keys. Our program provides the critical opportunity to connect survivors of crime in the District with skilled attorneys who care deeply about the issues faced by our clients."

As always, if you have any questions about NVRDC's pro bono program, including inquiries about volunteering, training, shadowing, or research opportunities, please reach out to Alex at .
Thank you to CUA!
We want to extend a big "Thank you!" to the SGA
and PEERS groups at
the Catholic University of America for hosting an on-campus clothing drive for NVRDC clients in October!
DC Pro Bono Week
in October, NVRDC staff
conducted two pro bono trainings at partner firms and hosted a tour of DC
Superior Court followed by
a luncheon at Mintz Levin .
LVC to Reverend
In our second installation of our "Where Are They Now?" series, we interview a previous Lutheran Volunteer Corps member, Jenny,
who went on to become Reverend Jenny Peek!
Introducing Dionne & Karen!
Two New Members Join NVRDC's Board of Directors
Dionne Lomax is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Her principal area of practice is antitrust and trade regulation law. Her antitrust work includes representing large health systems, major medical associations, large multi-specialty physician groups, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers
in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other commercial arrangements. Dionne also represents clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and various state attorneys general.
Karen Kazmerzak is an antitrust partner at Sidley Austin LLP. She represents clients in antitrust matters before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice and works closely with co-counsel and economists around the world to develop the best global strategy on multi-jurisdictional matters. In 2018 Chambers recognized Karen as an “Up and Coming” attorney in merger work and business compliance counseling, and was also selected to receive NVRDC's 2018 Lydia Watts Firm Voice Award. Karen maintains an active pro bono practice, including for NVRDC.
Margo Badawy
Kristin Eliason
Heba Estafanous
Leise Gergely
Amanda Gould
Naida Henao
Jennifer Jackson
Charlotte Keenan
Kris Klassen
Audrey Meshulam
Glenda Moran
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

Executive Director
Bridgette Stumpf
Board of Directors
Ryan Guilds, Chair
Christopher Ekimoff, Secretary
Marc Filer, Treasurer
Amit Juneja
Blair Decker
Karen Kazmerzak
Jane Lee
Dionne Lomax
Monica McHugh
Liam Montgomery
Miranda Petersen
Thank you, Lars & Annie!
We are so grateful for our Fall 2018 interns!
Annie, VLNDC's Fall 2018 intern, is a 2L at UDC Law School, where she is on Law Review. She is a graduate of George Mason, where she majored in Criminology, Law & Society. Last summer, Annie interned with the DOJ Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section. Prior to law school, Annie worked as a legal assistant doing immigration work. 

Lars, a legal intern with NVRDC for Fall 2018, is a 2L at the George Washington University Law School. Lars is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in Political Science and Economics. He has interned with the Domestic Violence Section at the Morris County Courthouse in New Jersey, as well with the Department of Domestic Violence at the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. He also was a congressional intern in the summer of 2016. 
Help us make a difference!
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Another way to help survivors is by purchasing donations from our  Amazon Wishlist , which has items we often provide to survivors whose clothes are collected as evidence or to survivors who are homeless without access to basic toiletries. You an also support us by shopping on Amazon Smile ! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to NVRDC if you select us here !
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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