Legal Services for Survivors

MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) provides legal services to sexual assault survivors statewide, as well as legal training and technical assistance for professionals working with sexual assault survivors.

SALI provides comprehensive legal services, including issues ranging from employment, housing, education and financial support to criminal justice advocacy, immigration and family law. Importantly, SALI provides legal services to support survivor privacy and safety.

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
  • Immigration
    – Assistance with self-petitioning
    – Assistance with U and T visas
  • Family Law Matters
    – Divorce
    – Custody
  • Referrals for Tort Cases
  • Safety Planning

For more information, contact SALI directly at 301-565-2277 or toll-free at 877-496-SALI.

Understanding the Legal System When Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused
Download Booklet in Adobe PDF format

Identifying Legal Issues for Victims of Sexual Assault: A Checklist for Survivors
Download Brochure in Adobe PDF format (Spanish version)

MCASA SALI Safety Plan in Adobe PDF format