What is the MCVRC?
MCVRC began in 1982 as the sister organizations: the Stephanie Roper Committee, Inc. and the Stephanie Roper Foundation, Inc. following the brutal murder of Stephanie Roper. For over 34 years, MCVRC has advocated on behalf of crime victims fulfilling its mission, “to ensure that victims of crime receive justice and are treated with dignity and compassion through comprehensive victims’ rights and services.” MCVRC has fought for the passage of more than 85 victims’ rights legislation including the Maryland Constitutional Amendment and continues to advance victims’ rights. MCVRC has successfully administered these services for many years to low-income, underserved populations within the Maryland communities and has used Language Line to provide these services to non-English populations.
MCVRC is a national leader in victims’ rights and services and has formulated the best and proven practices for assisting crime victims patterned after the federal demonstration project led by the National Crime Victims Law Institute (NCVLI). In 2004, MCVRC assisted in the implementation of the Crime Victim’s Rights Act of the Justice for All, a federal law providing that victims now have the right to independent counsel in federal criminal cases. MCVRC has also been the recipient of several grant projects that target underserved populations including the Elder Justice Community Collaborations project administered by National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) for The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA).