Home » About NJCVLC



The New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center  (VLC) provides pro bono legal assistance to victims of violent crime in the criminal justice system throughout the State of New Jersey.  The VLC was established in 1992 by Richard and Ann Pompelio after their 17 year old son Tony was murdered, and the Pompelio family experienced first hand the harsh treatment victims of violent crime often encountered in the criminal justice system.


The VLC was the first of its kind in the United States, and it has served as a model for other pro bono crime victim law clinics that have developed in other states.  It is now part of a national victims’ rights network lead by the National Crime Victim Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.  The VLC continues to be a leader in the victims’ rights movement in New Jersey, and is proud to be an integral part of the national movement that is sweeping throughout the United States.


After serving the State of New Jersey as Chairman of the Victims of Crime Compensation Board for three years, Richard Pompelio left that position in September 2005 in order to resume his full time duties as Director of the VLC.  It is his hope and his dream that the VLC will continue to grow and serve as a  major advocate for crime victims for many years to come.