Idaho Legal Assistance
The Idaho Coalition continues to receive funding to provide civil legal services for survivors of sexual violence; these services are available throughout Idaho. Services available include those that will enhance survivor safety and privacy, ensure access to education, and help survivor’s navigate complex immigration, housing, public benefit, employment, and criminal justice system involvement related to victimization. Services provided in any given case are based on each individual survivor’s needs at that point in time. While our priority remains serving survivors ages 11-24, we have received a new source of funding that allows us to work with adults outside of the priority age range.
The following is an overview of the type of assistance that can be offered:
- Privacy: Enhance your privacy by requesting notice from third parties (for example: medical care providers, counselors, and advocates) if a subpoena for your records is received, challenging subpoenas received by third parties, and making sure that your service providers understand the laws and their obligations governing your privacy.
- Safety: Work with your school, landlord or local housing authority, and
employers to create safety plans and/or request accommodations to increase your safety and well-being.
- Housing: Negotiate with your landlord or local housing authority to allow you to terminate or transfer your lease; seek additional safety measures at your housing location or reasonable accommodations necessary because of harm caused to you by the sexual assault.
- Financial: Help you apply for public assistance or crime victim’s compensation when applicable and help assess if you can hold a third party liable for your assault and recover damages for your loss.
- Employment: Work with your employer to get leave to care for yourself following an assault; access disability or unemployment insurance; request and seek enforcement of appropriate accommodations; enhance the safety of your work environment; ensure that all workplace policies and law on responding to sexual violence are followed.
- Education: Advocating with your school to make accommodations to assist you in minimizing the impact of sexual violence on your educational ability and access; represent or assist you in a student disciplinary action against the offender and enforce the rights you have under state and federal education law.
- Immigration: Assess if you qualify for immigration relief due to your status as a victim of crime; negotiate with immigration officials to allow you to stay in the United States to finish school or continue at your job even if a leave of absence is required post assault; ensure that your legal status is not used against you in any civil action against your perpetrator, employee, housing provider, etc.
- Crime Victim’s Rights: Help you understand the criminal justice system and enforce your rights under the Idaho Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
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Capacity Building Training
- To learn more, contact our Director of Law & Policy, Annie Hightower at
Call for an Appointment
- Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic ViolenceAnnie Hightower, Director of Law & Policy: (208) 384-0419 x 303
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