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Victim Rights Law Center Inc.

 115 Broad Street, 3rd Floor
 Boston, MA 02110
[P] (617) 399-6720 x 20
[F] (617) 399-6722
http://www.victimrights.org
smalone@victimrights.org
Stacy Malone
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INCORPORATED: 2003
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EIN 02-0588944

LAST UPDATED: 06/13/2016
Organization DBA Victim Rights Law Center
VRLC
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the needs of rape and sexual assault victims.  Our mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim.

Mission Statement

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the needs of rape and sexual assault victims.  Our mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2015 to Sept 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,658,691.00
Projected Expense $1,630,776.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Rape Survivors Project

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the needs of rape and sexual assault victims.  Our mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim.

Background Statement

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) was first established by Susan Vickers in 2000 as a project of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) to fill a critical need for sexual assault victims lacking civil legal recourse to prevent the inevitable downward spiral in their social and economic lives after assault. While a law student, Susan volunteered at BARCC as a rape crisis counselor, giving her the unique experience of learning the law while seeing the real consequences of sexual assault on victims. Susan heard callers describe a myriad of legal problems as the result of sexual assault, including trouble staying in school or at their job, unsafe housing, threats to their immigration status safety and financial issues.

Susan began to question our assumption that the criminal justice system is the only appropriate legal response to rape. Statistically most survivors never report to the police for a host of reasons including widespread victim blaming, fear of retaliation, and the inevitable credibility attacks suffered by victims, thereby making any criminal justice response unavailable. Further, for those victims who do report, the criminal justice system does not offer remedies for many areas of the victim's life impacted by the assault- education, privacy, safety, immigration, housing, employment, finances. Given this landscape, Susan knew that victims needed their own lawyers to represent them. She also knew that given the intense scrutiny on sexual assault victims’ lives that the protections of attorney-client privilege were critical to legal representation and success. Susan focused VRLC's civil legal services on victims assaulted by non-intimate partners. She recognized that victims sexually assaulted within a domestic violence relationship benefited from some legal protections (such as restraining orders) that were unavailable to non-intimate partner victims, and funding for lawyers to represent intimate partner victims in the areas in which they typically need representation such as divorce, custody, and child support existed, even if inadequate. Susan recognized that victims of non-intimate partner sexual assault - where the assailants are co-workers, landlords, classmates, and friends- did not need family law services, but lawyers to advocate for their rights within education, housing and other civil areas.

The VRLC was launched as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2003, to focus exclusively on the complex and unexamined civil legal needs of sexual assault victims, becoming the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the legal needs of this unserved group. The VRLC continues to provide free, civil legal services to sexual assault victims in Massachusetts and has expanded nationally, through a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, to provide training and technical assistance to other organizations serving sexual assault victims throughout the country.


Impact Statement

Five Accomplishments in 2014

1. Increased visibility for the Victim Rights Law Center through appearances on C-SPAN, Fox News and Channel 7, as well as, quotes in the New York Times, USA Today, the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Time, Inside Higher Education, and Boston Magazine.

2. VRLC’s legal services helped stabilize the lives of sexual assault survivors, including, two clients who introduced Vice President Joe Biden at two different national events on campus sexual assault.

3. Hosted a joint conference with the Clery Center for Security on Campus in Philadelphia, PA to train over 200 college and university personnel on how to improve the response to sexual violence.

4. The VRLC trained Special Victims Counsels in all branches of the military about the dynamics of sexual assault victimization and perpetration, the impact of trauma, providing trauma-informed and victim-centered services, and how to conduct a holistic legal intake.

5. In 2014, VRLC attorneys trained in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. on topics such as campus sexual assault, addressing military sexual trauma, the civil legal needs of sexual assault survivors, the privacy and rights of survivors, homelessness and sexual assault, and many other areas to help improve the response to sexual violence.

 Five Goals in 2015

1. Secure funding to provide legal representation to rape and sexual assault victims 12 years old and younger.

2. Conduct a strategic planning process to determine the framework for the VRLC’s future.

3. Secure funding to host the first national legal sexual assault conference.

4. Grow VRLC’s campus sexual assault consultation and training program to help more colleges and universities improve their response to sexual violence.

5. Increase access to legal services for rape and sexual assault victims.


Needs Statement

Five Most Pressing Needs

1. Funding to provide comprehensive legal services to rape and sexual assault victims (estimated $150,000);

2. Funding to educate, train and support advocates and attorneys to address the critical legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims nationally (estimated $75,000);

3. Develop the Victim Rights Law Center’s messaging and materials to best articulate survivors’ legal needs and the critical work of the VRLC (estimated $50,000);

4. Grow VRLC’s community of volunteers and donors (estimated $60,000); and

5. Increased visibility for the VRLC (estimated $55,000).


CEO Statement

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is the first nonprofit law center in the country solely dedicated to the legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. Statistically sexual assault victims know the perpetrators- they are classmates, neighbors, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. Perpetrators use these relationships, the familiarity, the trust, to target and commit this life-altering crime. Sexual violence disproportionally impacts young women and girls. Almost half of VRLC's clients are under the age of 24 years. VRLC attorneys can help keep girls safely in school and on their educational trajectories on their paths to fulfilling their dreams. Sexual assault victims need access to free civil attorneys to help them secure their education, housing, immigration, privacy, safety and financial stability.

The VRLC needs volunteers to help rape victims. Volunteers hold a special place in my heart because I came to the VRLC as a pro bono attorney a decade ago. I know the impact a volunteer can make in the life of a sexual assault victim. And there are so many ways YOU can help the VRLC serve rape victims- host a house party to educate your community about the work of the VRLC, volunteer to help with research, writing, marketing, fundraising, graphic design and public relations, organize your workplace to have a ""jeans day for charity"" to benefit the VRLC, run a road race to raise money so the VRLC can help young victims...the invitation to help is as endless as our imaginations. From the heart of one volunteer to another- I invite you to help us lead a new response to end sexual violence.

With gratitude,
Stacy Malone

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions

The VRLC offers serves direct legal representation throughout Massachusetts. The VRLC's Portland, Oregon office provides legal representation to Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. VRLC provides training nationwide. 

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
  2. Human Services - Victims' Services
  3. Crime & Legal - Related - Crime & Legal - Related NEC

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

Rape Survivors Project

VRLC's Main Programs:

: (1) Legal services for rape and sexual assault victims. 

The VRLC provides legal assistance to victims in Massachusetts in the areas of

education, employment, immigration, privacy, safety, housing and financial stability. 

National statistics show there is a 2% arrest, conviction and incarceration rate for

perpetrators of sexual violence. The assistance of a civil attorney is vital in assisting

with stabilizing the critical areas of a victim’s life; (2) Training and mentoring

nationally on the civil legal needs of sexual violence victims allows the VRLC to provide our expertise and knowledge to other lawyers, health educators, school administrators and service providers via our trainings; (3) The Rape Survivors Law Project was developed as a way to engage pro bono attorneys in the increasing legal work needed by our organization. Lawyers donate their time to represent victims of sexual assault; (4) The Sexual Assault Justice Education Online Project was recently funded by the Office of Violence Against Women to create two online interactive modules to reach service providers nationally who are in unable to travel to trainings; and (5) The VRLC conducts Service Provider Trainings in Massachusetts to area community health centers, hospitals and cultural centers which instills a collaborative partnership that works to ensure referrals and access for assistance to victims of sexual assault. 

 

Budget  $829,663.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights
Population Served Victims Females Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success 
The VRL:

·        will continue to increase access for immigrant communities to direct legal representation and to build funding for a Girls Rape Survivors Law Project for the youngest of rape and sexual assault victims

·        will explore the possibility of developing a webinar to train service providers in Massachusetts

·        will continue a leadership role in working with pro bono attorneys to assist more victims and to expand the organization’s visibility in the community. We look to establish a strategy to engage pro bono attorneys in other aspects of our mission which will foster long term partnerships.

·        nationally trains on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. An annual conference sponsored by us would be a strategic decision to bring together multidisciplinary professionals to create a more centered arena for discussion on the issues civil legal rights for rape and sexual assault victims.

·        has undertaken steps to co-host education conferences for university and college administrators throughout the U.S. This endeavor will solidify us as leaders in civil rights litigation for sexual violence victims in education settings.

·        will explore additional modules for Sexual Assault Justice Education online project to ensure our resources can be utilized by a growing national community serving rape and sexual assault victims

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Stacy Malone Esq.
CEO Term Start Sept 2010
CEO Email smalone@victimrights.org
CEO Experience Stacy Malone, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center. She joined the VRLC in 2004 as a pro bono attorney for the VRLC’s Rape Survivors Law Project, where she provided free legal services to sexual assault survivors on employment, safety, privacy and other issues. She then served in various capacities on the VRLC Board of Directors until 2010, when Stacy was appointed VRLC's Executive Director. Stacy has also worked in the private sector and at both federal and state agencies. Her legal career has focused on working with young women, victims of violence and those who have faced discrimination. Stacy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, University of Massachusetts, Boston’s Women in Politics and Public Policy Program and Boston University School of Law. Stacy’s writing has appeared in the New York Times "Room for Debate." In 2011, she was honored to receive Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s "Top Women of Law 2011" Award. Stacy is a member of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Boston Rotary Club.
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Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Lindy Aldrich Esq. Deputy Director Lindy Aldrich, Esq. has been with the VRLC since 2007, beginning as a staff attorney and becoming Deputy Director in 2010. Along with managing the daily activities of the VRLC, she continues to represents victims of sexual assault across the Commonwealth in a wide range of legal areas, including education, privacy, safety and federal and state government benefits. As a trainer on the VRLC’s national Technical Assistance grant, Lindy trains around the country on a number of topics including the civil legal response for sexual assault victims, public benefits for rape victims and how advocates and campus administers can use Title IX to better their campus sexual assault policies and response. She provides trainings to individual college and universities as well as being a Resource Team member and trainer for the OVW Campus Program Training and Technical Assistance Institute since 2010 and a presenter for the Project STOP NOW! conference for campus administrators from historically black colleges and universities. Lindy was recently named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2012 Top Women in the Law, is a Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Panel member (2009) and a member of theRappaport Center on Law and Public Service Advisory Board. Ms. Aldrich attended Suffolk University Law School.
Ms. Jessica Mindlin Esq. National Director of Training and Technical Assistance Jessica Mindlin, Esq. is the VRLC’s National Director of Training and Technical Assistance. Jessica has been active in the movement to end violence against women for more than thirty years. Before joining the VRLC, Jessica served as the Senior Staff Attorney and clinical instructor for NCVLI and Lewis and Clark Law School, as a statewide support attorney for the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon, coordinator for the Oregon Supreme Court-Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness, and Legal Access Project Director for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV). Prior to law school, Jessica worked as a rape victim advocate, a counselor, a legal advocate for battered women, a counselor for runaway youth, and a waitress. Jessica is the 2008 recipient of OCADSV’s Midori Hamilton Award. She serves on the Advisory Council of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the editorial board of the Sexual Assault Report, the Advisory Board of Oregon’s Center for Women, Politics and Policy, and the Board of Directors of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. She was a founding member of CounterQuo, a national campaign to change the status quo on how we examine and respond to sexual assault.

Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

VRLC collaborations include:
Women's Bar Association
New Center for Legal Advocacy(S.E. MA)
Worcester Co. Bar Association (Central MA)
25+ law firms and solo practitioners (Statewide MA)
Legal aid service providers such as MA Justice Project (Gr. Boston)
Legal Assistance Corp. of Central MA (Central MA)
South Coastal Counties Legal Sercies (S.E. MA)
MA Office of Victim Assistance (Gr. Boston)
MA District Attorney's Association (Statewide)
Greater Boston Legal Services (Gr. Boston)
Law Enforcement Departments and local District Attorney's offices (Statewide)
18 rape crisis centers/service providers (Statewide)
Jane Doe, Inc.
25 SANE Hospitals (Statewide)
Human Service providers, especially those with access to limited englis
Association for Haitian Women
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
YMCA of Western MA
Codman Sq. and Dimock Heath Centers
BARCC (Boston Area Rape Crisis Center)
Universities and Colleges (Statewide, primarily on campus women's centers)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 14
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 350
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern
Gender Female: 18
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Brenda Sharton Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Goodwin Procter LLP
Board Chair Term Feb 2011 - Feb 2017
Board Co-Chair Ms. Rebecca Chasen
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Deloitte
Board Co-Chair Term Dec 2010 - Dec 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Rebecca Chasen Deloitte Voting
Ms. Birgitta Dickerson Esq. Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Susan Estrich Esq. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP Voting
Ms. Megan Kelleher Esq. Claragh Mountain Investments LP Voting
Ms. Eliza Kennedy Bain & Co. Voting
Ms. Stacy Malone Esq. Victim Rights Law Center Executive Director NonVoting
Ms. Shannon McKenna Congress Wealth Management Voting
Ms. Krista Green Pratt Biogen Voting
Ms. Andrea Robinson Esq. WilmerHale Voting
Mr. Kevin Roden Retired Voting
Ms. Ilene Seidman Esq. Suffolk University Law School Voting
Ms. Brenda Sharton Esq. Goodwin Procter Voting
Ms. Meagan Wilkinson Verathon, Inc. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,555,247 $1,793,327 $1,606,054
Total Expenses $1,585,405 $1,774,993 $1,341,794

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $882,222 $724,154 $818,732
    Federal $882,222 $724,154 $818,732
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $182,459 $77,573 $203,749
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $120,704 $70,491 $71,923
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,144 $2,525 $961
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $62,753 $91,780 $103,370
Revenue In-Kind $304,965 $826,804 $407,319
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $1,288,426 $1,553,037 $1,165,534
Administration Expense $214,841 $159,066 $87,687
Fundraising Expense $82,138 $62,890 $88,573
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.01 1.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 87% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% 7% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $686,176 $695,618 $700,422
Current Assets $653,818 $661,450 $657,723
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $64,488 $43,772 $66,910
Total Net Assets $621,688 $651,846 $633,512

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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Financial Planning

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Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
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Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 10.14 15.11 9.83

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data, charts, and graphs are from audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals as the breakdown was not available.

Documents


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