May 25, 2020 - Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) was recently selected by the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) to lead a training workshop at its annual National Training Institute (NTI) to be held Nov. 11-13, 2020 in Atlanta. Only a select number of applicants were chosen to present at the 2020 NTI, an event that spotlights projects across the nation that achieve safety and justice for crime victims though innovation. Kyle Gallenstein, a Victims of Crime Staff Attorney with the Savannah Office of GLSP, will be among the presenters of the workshop, which showcases GLSP’s Victim Legal Assistance Network (VLAN). 

VLAN is a referral-based project between GLSP and several partners to holistically meet the needs of crime survivors, including those harmed by domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and elder abuse. GLSP’s partners in the project are the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN), Atlanta Legal Aid Society (ALAS), Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), and, its research partner, Georgia State University (GSU). 

“This has been a vital ingredient in our delivery of legal services to our clients”, according to Bill  Broker, Managing Attorney. “The additional tools it puts at the advocate’s disposal are vital.”

The upcoming workshop, titled “Busting Silos to Serve Survivors: Georgia’s VLAN Collaboration”, will highlight the importance of building a partnership system like VLAN to connect underserved crime victims to comprehensive legal assistance, as well as other supports for housing, public benefits, immigration, and health. The workshop will demonstrate how these systems can lead to safer communities, which is more crucial now than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. 

In 2019, GLSP represented over 650 victims of crime through the VLAN project, providing much needed legal assistance to promote physical safety and economic security. GLSP’s attorneys and support staff involved in the project also helped secure over $700,000 in financial outcomes for crime victims last year.

GLSP is a nonprofit public interest law firm whose mission is to provide free, high quality, civil legal services to low-income or senior-aged persons in Georgia outside of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Its mission is to create equal access to justice and opportunities out of poverty. For more information about GLSP and its services, visit glsp.org

For information and updates on the 2020 NTI, visit victimsofcrime.org.

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