DCVLP Supports DC Council Bill 24-0726: Enhancing Reproductive Health Protections Amendment Act of 2022 and Bill 24-0808: Human Rights Sanctuary Amendment Act of 2022
We believe that a life free of violence and abuse is a basic human right.
To ADVOCATE for domestic violence victims, at-risk children, and other vulnerable individuals through comprehensive pro bono legal services;
To EMPOWER victims with knowledge, resources, and on-going support; and
To BROADEN OUR IMPACT by engaging, training, and supporting a strong and diverse network of volunteer lawyers and community volunteers.
We recruit, train and support hundreds of dedicated volunteer attorneys each year to handle emergency protection order, custody and immigration cases on behalf of victims, and serve as court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children living with abuse, neglect and other dangerous circumstances.
We operate free, walk-in clinics throughout the District so victims and other needy DC residents can access free legal services on victims’ legal rights, social services referrals, crisis support, and safety planning. This fall, we opened up a court-based clinic so victims can receive immediate legal assistance at their court hearings to obtain protection orders.