Learn about how to access and use the VRLC’s Where to Start: Sexual Assault Legal Services Toolkit with this introductory webinar. This Toolkit will assist OVW grantees in planning for and launching sexual assault legal services projects. The content and resources provided in the Toolkit are derived from the many years of experience the VRLC has been providing direct representation to survivors of sexual assault and technical assistance and training to OVW grantees on issues related to sexual assault. Whether you are a sexual assault provider new to providing legal services, or a legal services organization new to serving sexual assault clients, this Toolkit will help your entire organization better serve survivors of sexual violence. Each chapter includes a webinar that discusses key issues to consider as you create and grow your project, in addition to numerous tools to download and modify for the specific needs of your organization.
Kelsey Worline joined the VRLC as a staff attorney in early 2013. Kelsey represents rape and sexual assault victims throughout Massachusetts in a wide range of legal areas, including privacy, safety, and housing. As an attorney on the VRLC’s national Training and Technical Assistance grant, Kelsey provides individual consultations to Legal Assistance to Victims grantees and conducts on a number of topics including the civil legal response for sexual assault victims, identifying and addressing the housing needs of sexual assault survivors, and safety planning with non-intimate partner sexual assault victims. She received her B.A. from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining the VRLC, Kelsey worked with Shelter Legal Services, first as an AmeriCorps Attorney and later as a Staff Attorney, representing homeless and indigent individuals in the Boston area with a focus on assisting veterans.