A collaboration between King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and civil legal aid partners
To provide crime victims with legal assistance to resolve civil legal issues that arise as a result of victimization. With this legal assistance, which ranges from brief legal advice to full representation in court, we hope to help victims stabilize their lives and prevent further victimization.
Project Safety is an innovative, collaborative approach to address the civil legal needs of crime victims in King County, Washington. The Project prioritizes historically marginalized communities, including people of color, survivors of gender-based violence, low income households, LGBTQ, and immigrants. Project Safety provides critical and time-sensitive legal assistance, empowers survivors, and prevents further victimization to help achieve stability.
Project Safety attorneys help with the following legal services, so long as the victim’s legal issue arose as a result of the victimization.
- Family Law
- Housing Law
- Employment Law
- Protection Orders
- Protection of Victim Privacy
- Access to Public Benefits, Healthcare and Education
- Immigration Law
- Vacating Convictions
- Consumer Law
How does it work?
The Eastside Legal Assistance Program has two navigators – one navigator at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle and one navigator at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Advocates from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, including criminal advocates and protection order advocates, refer clients to each navigator. The navigator then confidentially assesses the client’s needs and connects the client with one or more of the following agencies in the Project Safety partnership.
Project Safety is funded by the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the funding is made available by the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy and Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid.
Project Safety is a recipient of 2018 WSBA APEX Legal Innovation Award