SALI - Sexual Assault Legal Institute

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

SALI has Spanish-speaking advocates on staff and will provide language interpretation services for other languages, including ASL.

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Criminal Justice Advocacy

Crime Victim 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
  • Right to be informed of decision to test SAFE kits
  • Right to be notified of destruction of SAFE kits

Other Areas of Criminal Justice Assistance:

  • Assist in enforcing crime victims' rights
  • Health: Requesting and receiving results of HIV and HEP C testing
  • Safety: Setting release conditions
  • Privacy: Requesting that contact and other personal information remain confidential
  • Financial: Restitution Requests or Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB)
  • Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI): Opportunity to opt-in to receive updates on SAEK testing
  • General legal advocacy and counsel regarding the criminal justice process

Civil Services for Survivors

  • Peace and Protective Order
    • Including Emergency Family Maintenance
  • Privacy Issues
    • Non-consensual sharing of intimate images (consultation and referral)
    • Confidentiality and safety
  • Financial Compensation
  • Housing Issues
    • Termination of lease
    • Evictions
    • Foreclosures
    • Discrimination reports
  • 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
    • Student Loan Debt
  • Immigration
    • VAWA self-petitions, U Visas, and T Visas
  • Family Law Matters
    • Divorce
    • Custody
    • Alimony
    • Child Support
    • Termination of parental rights in cases where a child was born as the result of a sexual assault
    • Name Changes
  • Referrals for Tort Cases
  • Financial Restoration
    • Credit Health
    • Responding to Financial Abuse
  • Safety Planning

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