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Courtroom Advocates Project

The Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) is a volunteer program that trains, recruits, supervises and mentors law students to act as lay advocates for women seeking orders of protection in New York City family courts. After attending a one-day training session, St. John's law student volunteers interview domestic violence victims, help draft petitions for orders for protection and accompany the petitioners to court. CAP student advocacy significantly improves the quality of petitions by ensuring the accuracy of the complaints and allegations and by encouraging victims to return to court when necessary.