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Representation of Survivors of Sexual Assault

Volunteer attorneys handle all aspects of individual cases. Depending on the case, attorneys will represent survivors of sexual violence as victims’ attorneys in the criminal justice system, or through litigation in civil court, and survivors of sex trafficking as counsel in post-conviction relief. CAASE legal staff screen survivors for legal needs and eligibility for services, link them with pro bono counsel, and provide ongoing support and mentorship to pro bono counsel representing CAASE-referred clients.

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation works to end sexual assault and exploitation through trafficking, ensuring that all survivors in Chicago have quality legal counsel to pursue safety at home, school and in the workplace, recouping damages in civil court, asserting rights in criminal process, and clearing criminal records.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Varies by case type (usually between 11 and 25 hours per case).

Training and support

In-person trainings on subject matter and working with survivors of sexual exploitation are offered 2-3 times per year and last approximately 1.5 hours.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL

Representation of Survivors of Sexual Assault

Volunteer attorneys handle all aspects of individual cases. Depending on the case, attorneys will represent survivors of sexual violence as victims’ attorneys in the criminal justice system, or through litigation in civil court, and survivors of sex trafficking as counsel in post-conviction relief. CAASE legal staff screen survivors for legal needs and eligibility for services, link them with pro bono counsel, and provide ongoing support and mentorship to pro bono counsel representing CAASE-referred clients.

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation works to end sexual assault and exploitation through trafficking, ensuring that all survivors in Chicago have quality legal counsel to pursue safety at home, school and in the workplace, recouping damages in civil court, asserting rights in criminal process, and clearing criminal records.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Varies by case type (usually between 11 and 25 hours per case).

Training and support

In-person trainings on subject matter and working with survivors of sexual exploitation are offered 2-3 times per year and last approximately 1.5 hours.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL