Originally published by NYS Office of Victim Services

New York, NY (October 1, 2018) – The New York State Office of Victim Services today announced a new website connecting crime victims with information and free civil legal assistance is being piloted in three Western New York counties, allowing victims to learn about their rights and connect with resources or legal representation. Established using $1.5 million in federal funds secured by the state agency, the New York Crime Victims Legal Help website will initially serve Erie, Genesee and Niagara counties and will expand to serve crime victims Upstate and on Long Island by the end of 2019.

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On June 28th, 2017, Pro Bono Net and LSNTAP hosted our annual “50 Tech Tips” webinar. In this training, five presenters shared the applications, programs, and tools that they use to make their within the legal aid community easier.

The talk began with Zizi Bandera from the Immigration Advocates Network, who introduced a number of organizational web tools and extensions. One of the useful tools covered,  “Tab Snooze,” is a chrome extension that can help hide away some of your tabs for a set time, keeping them to out of sight until you need them again.

Next, Reece Flexner, from the DC Bar Pro Bono Center introduced some very handy tools for those working with code. One such tool was Brackets, which provides a way to quickly edit a style on a HTML element while also offering a live preview of any edits you do make.

Afterwards, Xander Karsten, Project Manager at Legal Server, shared with everyone practical, everyday tools, like the “Undo Send” option that Gmail offers. This tool allows you to set up a period of time after sending an email in which you can still “undo” it – certainly a useful tool for those last minute changes!

Following up with even more tools offered by Google was Anna Steele, Senior Consultant at Just-Tech. She covered the Explore tool that can be used in Docs, Slides, and Sheets, to streamline the process of gathering and putting together information.

Wrapping up the presentation was Jillian Theil from Pro Bono Net, sharing a number of online security tools. “Have I Been Pwned?”, one of the suggested tools can be used to check for any breaches in the security of your email accounts.

To learn about all the tips, and tools shared during this webinar, you can find the full presentation here, and the corresponding slides here.

Author: Eliza Xie, 2017 Pro Bono Net Outreach and Engagement Intern

 


LSNTAP helps nonprofit legal aid programs improve client services through effective and innovative use of technology. To do this, we provide technology training, maintain information, create online tools, and host community forums such as the LStech email list. Read about us, or contact us at info@lsntap.org for more information.

16-ntc-finalThis March, I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in San Jose. It was my fourth NTC – I attended ’12 in San Francisco, ’13 in Minneapolis, and ’15 online.

This year, I attended sessions on community engagement, technology project management, and systems design, and arranged a small (but mighty!) dinner for legal techies.

Between the plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and network discussions, it was a wonderful opportunity to get together with others facing analogous challenges, successes, and  goals in the non-profit technology space. Upon reflection of my previous experiences at NTC, I was particularly impressed by two things at this year’s conference:

1) The level of sophistication and creativity with which non-profits with limited resources are approaching technology projects

Sessions this year went beyond introducing tools and general approaches/best practices, into in-depth into case studies of non-profit technology projects.  It’s no longer just about learning about the latest technology trends. It’s about sharing with each other how we are implementing A/B testing, tag managers, change management plans and more. It’s about putting our heads together to come up with creative solutions to common challenges in the non-profit sector.

2) The level of sophistication and nuance with which non-profits approach technology and technology projects, more broadly speaking

Working with technology, it can be easy to get lost in the tools and to treat technology development as the end goal. Many of the plenary speakers this year, however, refocused on how technology is shaped and amplified by the forces and values that develop and utilize them. In other words, if you are part of a community that is centered on access to justice, serving the underprivileged, environmental conservation, etc. –  your technology work will reflect this. With mission-driven ethos, nonprofits can be influencers in how we conceptualize and engage with technology.

Perhaps this experience is just a proxy for the shift of my own thinking on non-profit technology development, innovation and engagement. I often hear about how we have so much to learn from other industries, but I’m beginning to think – maybe it’s the other way around?


The Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is the nonprofit sector’s signature technology event. They assemble over 2,000 of the best and brightest nonprofit professionals from around the world. Together, they collaborate, innovate, and discover new ways to spark change with technology. The NTC is produced by NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals.