Project Safeguard

Justice and Safety for Victims of Domestic Violence

DENVER, CO   |  www.psghelps.org

Mission

Project Safeguard empowers and partners with people who have experienced gender-based violence, helping them to navigate a course of survivor-driven justice through expert, trauma-informed legal advocacy and representation.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Jennifer Eyl LPC, JD

Main address

PO BOX 40250

DENVER, CO 80204 USA

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EIN

74-2340430

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

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Legal Advocacy Services

Project Safeguard’s core service is the Legal Advocacy Program. Our non-attorney legal advocates assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to understand, apply for, and receive Civil Protection Orders in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield and Denver counties. The advocates specialize in intensive assistance specifically for those victims who are ready to seek civil protection orders. They help victims with safety planning, provide support in and outside of the courtroom, and refer victims to non-legal resources they may need.

The Legal Advocacy Program provides a foundation from which victims can begin their journey to safety and success. The addition of attorney services (begun in 2016) has strengthened this foundation for those victims who have the toughest time accessing justice.

The Attorney Services Program consists of three services:
1) In-house staff attorneys: Three attorneys who provide consultations, advice, and legal representation primarily in family court matters;
2) Lawyers for Victims Program: Contract attorneys who represent victims in their Civil Protection Order hearings;
3) Divorce/Custody Clinic: Pro bono attorney assistance through a weekly clinic staffed by Project Safeguard’s roster of volunteer attorneys. At least one clinic per month is conducted in Spanish and led by Spanish-speaking attorneys.

Population(s) Served

Lawyers for Victims, launched in 2016, contracts with attorneys for a flat-fee rate of $750.00 to represent some Project Safeguard clients at their Permanent Protection Order hearing.
In this program, victims/survivors who have child(ren) in common with the restrained party are prioritized to receive an attorney, although other circumstances which increase danger to the victim and/or difficulty in obtaining a PPO are also considered. There is no income qualification for the program.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

The creation of an Attorney Services Program within Project Safeguard has greatly increased our ability to provide long-term, life-changing legal services to our clients who are unable to be served by other legal service agencies. However, Project Safeguard remains committed to being an advocacy organization that also offers attorney services, rather than a non-profit law firm that also employs advocates. This is critically important because it means that all our services reflect our commitment to providing trauma-informed, survivor-centered legal services with compassion, competency, and sensitivity to survivors’ needs and wishes. While attorneys are experts in the law, our clients are experts in their experiences and in determining the best strategies for ensuring their own safety and security, and that of their children. Our attorneys – whether contractors or employees – are required to clearly understand and honor the survivor’s goals and wishes, within the limits of the attorney’s ethical obligations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims of crime and abuse
Women
LGBTQ people
Adults
Victims of crime and abuse
Women
LGBTQ people

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Project Safeguard

Board of directors
as of 5/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Johnson-Morris

EDUCAUSE

Term: 2019 - 2022

Megan Courtney

GEM Family Law

Alexis Freet

n/a

Anne Wintemute

Highlands Micro School

Heather Strack

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

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