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  • Date: January 9, 2017 Featured In: The New Yorker Magazine

    Robles-Román said, “Mary, I’m embarrassed that I didn’t believe the advocates, because I wasn’t reading about it anywhere. But, when I visited homeless shelters or schools, inevitably one student would stay afterward and say, ‘Don’t look at me—I don’t want you to know who I am—but I was trafficked.’ Why is it a secret how many children are being raped by pedophiles?”

    “The endgame,” Robles-Román said, “is getting an injustice out of our justice system.” Referring to the 1896 case that upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine, she continued, “Plessy v. Ferguson—thank God people didn’t just say, ‘Well, the Supreme Court has ruled, let’s move on.’ ”

  • Date: December 5, 2016 Featured In: Thomson Reuters Foundation News

    LONDON, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Technology has fuelled a surge in the buying and selling of children online for sexual abuse with advertising a child on the internet as "easy as booking an airfare", campaigners told an anti-slavery conference in London.

    Lawyer Carol Robles-Roman, who was deputy mayor for legal affairs to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said legal reform was urgently needed to protect children from online sexual exploitation.

  • Date: October 6, 2016 Featured In: The New York Times

    Carol Robles-Román, the president and chief executive of Legal Momentum, a women’s legal defense and education fund based in New York, said she had been lobbying for action against Backpage for two years, saying the ads it hosts were targeting children.

    Backpage describes itself as the second-largest online classified advertising service in the country, according to court records.

    “They’re like the McDonald’s of trafficking,” she said in an interview on Thursday night. “They made is so easy.”

  • Date: July 27, 2016 Featured In: Huffington Post

    Lynn Hecht Schafran, senior vice president at Legal Momentum, which advocates for abuse victims, said a rape crisis agency once contacted her about something they were writing that would’ve said it’d be good if rape victims did not have to testify at trial.

    “I told them that is not the U.S. system,” Schafran said. “They would be misleading the people they’re advocating for, and have no credibility with the folks of the legal community.”

    The U.S. judicial system is an adversarial one, experts interviewed repeatedly said, and one that obligates a defense attorney to zealously defend their client.

  • Date: July 22, 2016 Featured In: Marie Claire

    In this powerful op-ed piece, Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa outlines the dangers of "sextortion" and how the law needs to change to protect women and girls. The piece highlights Legal Momentum's report, "A Call to Action—Ending Sextortion in the Digital Age."

  • Date: June 7, 2016 Featured In: The Takeaway

    The six-month sentence imposed on a Stanford student athlete found guilty in a widely publicized rape case has instigated widespread public outrage. In this segment on NPR's The Takeaway, Legal Momentum's Senior Vice President and Director of the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) Lynn Hecht Schafran discusses the case and the issues involved with host John Hockenberry. NJEP has been educating judges and other court professionals about the realities sexual assault and domestic violence, and their intersection, since 1980. 

  • Date: April 25, 2016 Featured In: Blog Talk Radio: 3 Women, 3 Ways

    Legal Momentum's Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny Venetis, and anthropology professor and Middle East expert Jessica Winegar discuss the similarities and differences in violence against women in the U.S. and overseas with host Heather Stark on the Blog Talk Radio "3 Women, 3 Ways" show that aired Saturday, April 23, 2016.

  • Date: March 9, 2016 Featured In: Seattle Times

    Legal Momentum's President and CEO, Carol Robles-Román and Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny M. Venetis, wrote a forceful op-ed in the Seattle Times calling for strong and swift action against online commercial exploitation of children.

  • Date: November 18, 2015 Featured In: The New York TImes

    “You don’t want to have a low-level manager operating off the seat of their pants,” said Penny M. Venetis, the executive vice president and legal director of Legal Momentum, a group that works on a broad range of gender equity issues, include domestic violence.

    Ms. Venetis said that sending home a worker who has been threatened by a partner was often the most dangerous response an employer could choose. The employee may be less safe alone at home than at work, and the loss of a livelihood can make abused partners even more dependent on their abusers.

    Ms. Porter “acted responsibly for reporting it,” Ms. Venetis said. “The actions Bon-Ton took discourage people from coming forward.”

  • Date: November 12, 2015 Featured In: Fordham Magazine

    Fordham Magazine profiles Carol Robles-Román's lifelong commitment to gender justice for women and girls and highlights Legal Momentum's recent achievements. Carol is a Fordham alumna.

  • Date: November 10, 2015 Featured In: SIlive.com (Staten Island Advance)

    "There's no reason for her to take a leave or to essentially take a demotion working in the toll booth," said Penny Venetis, the executive vice president and legal director for Legal Momentum, an advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls.

    Venetis said her organization has represented DiPalo since the beginning of her case, and contended that pregnant law enforcement officers should be allowed to stay on the job until they see fit to take maternity leave.

    "If her doctor says that she can carry out her regular duties, I don't see what the issue is," she said, calling the TBTA's previous practices "primitive."

    "It's outrageous. It's 2015. It's not 1935. It really shouldn't be happening, Venetis said. "As long as they are able to do their job effectively, they should not be forced out because they are having a baby."

    Ms. DiPalo is back on patrol, Venetis said.

  • Date: October 26, 2015 Featured In: ThinkProgress

    Excellent article on the need for paid "safe leave" to enable domestic violence victims to escape abuse. The article quotes Legal Momentum Vice President for Government Relations Lisalyn Jacobs, and links to our online State Law Guides.

    "Abusers also often use finances to exert control over their victims. As Lisalyn Jacobs, vice president for government relations at Legal Momentum, put it, 'The ability of the abuser to control the pursestrings is clearly key to the control and abuse.' Paid leave doesn’t cut a victim off from her own steady source of income.

    "Jacobs said her group is pushing for a postering requirement to have employers display information about safe leave at the workplace. Meanwhile, she recently urged people in the Obama administration to include domestic violence victims when talking about sick leave, particularly around the executive order. 'One of the biggest problems we as advocates face is that even where these provisions exist…people don’t know about it,' she said."