The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) is a program of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA). SALI provides direct legal services for victims and survivors of sexual assault. SALI also provides technical assistance and training for attorneys, rape crisis and recovery center staff and volunteers, and other professionals working with survivors.
For more information, contact MCASA’s SALI at 301-565-2277, or toll-free at 877-496-SALI.
Criminal Legal Services for Survivors
Assist in enforcing crime victims’ rights:
- Right to be treated with dignity, respect and sensitivity during the criminal justice process
- Right to be notified of court and parole hearings related to case
- Right to be present at all court hearings related to case that the Defendant has a right to attend
- Right to be notified of the terms of any plea agreement
- Right to be heard by the court before the Defendant is sentenced and by the parole board regarding release
- Right to request restitution from the Defendant
- Right to be notified of parole and probation violation
Assist in other areas related to criminal case:
- Health: Requesting and receiving results of HIV testing
- Safety: Setting release conditions
- Privacy: Requesting that contact and other personal information remain confidential
- Financial: Crime Victims Compensation Board
General legal advocacy and counsel regarding the criminal justice process
Civil Legal Services for Survivors
- Peace and Protective Order
- Privacy Issues
- Financial Compensation
- Housing Issues
- Employment Law Matters
– Sexual harassment
– Disability benefits
– Family Medical Leave Act
- Primary and Secondary School Issues
– Administrative hearings
– School sex discrimination and sexual harassment policies
– Assistance with self-petitioning
– Assistance with U and T visas
- Family Law Matters
- Referrals for Tort Cases
- Safety Planning
||Expert Advice, Technical Assistance, and Training For ProfessionalsMCASA’s SALI provides expert advice, legal training, technical assistance, and resources for professionals working with sexual assault victims.
- Training for Rape Crisis and Recovery Center staff and volunteers regarding the law and the legal options available for victims.
- Training and expert advice for attorneys working with survivors.
- Checklists to help victims, advocates, and attorneys screen for civil legal needs.
- Low Bono Network of attorneys interested and trained in working with victims. Low bono attorneys receive a reduced fee for their work. Contact SALI if you are interested in participating.
- Training for college student conduct boards and other school professionals responding to sexual assault.
Role of the Prosecutor
Prosecutors are responsible for determining if there is sufficient evidence for a case to be tried in court. In Maryland, State’s Attorneys are responsible for prosecuting criminal and juvenile cases. A State’s Attorney in a sexual assault court case is not the “victim’s attorney,” as s/he represents the State of Maryland and prosecutes the State’s case against the defendant.
AEquitas – The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women
Maryland States Attorneys’ Association
National District Attorneys Association
Office on Violence Against Women
Visit MCASA’s Annotated Code on Maryland Criminal Law Online Resource
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