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  • Date: April 6, 2015 Featured In: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

    An exhibition titled Until Safety Is Guaranteed: Women and the Fight against Violence opens on April 6, 2015, and runs through August 14, 2015. It will be on view on the first floor of the Schlesinger Library, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    "Gender-Based Violence and the Law

    "As grassroots organizations protested violence against women and offered services to battered women and rape survivors, they also began working with police to improve the treatment of victims by the police and the legal system writ large. Following their lead, larger organizations such as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (currently Legal Momentum) began to advocate for systemic change. They lobbied for legislative action that would protect women from the all-too-common violence they were subjected to in American society. In addition, they provided training for judges through their National Judicial Education Program, offering instruction in the special conditions of survivors of domestic violence and rape. The continued work of these organizations resulted in passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, its subsequent reauthorization in 2000, and another hard-won reauthorization in 2014."

  • Date: March 25, 2015 Featured In: Bloomberg Business

    The U.S. Supreme Court backed the rights of pregnant workers, reviving a lawsuit by a former United Parcel Service Inc. driver who left her job when the company wouldn’t provide the less strenuous work recommended by her doctor.

    The justices, voting 6-3, sent the case back for a possible trial, which would center on UPS’s reasons for refusing to accommodate Peggy Young’s needs while giving temporary assignments to workers recovering from on-the-job injuries.

    “The Supreme Court has made clear that federal law mandates employers to accommodate pregnant women on the same terms as everyone else,” Carol Robles-Roman, president of the women’s-rights group Legal Momentum, said in a statement.

  • Date: March 17, 2015 Featured In: National Law Journal

    The facts are mixed and murky in Ellen Pao’s widely publicized sex discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. But whatever the ultimate result, a few points are clear. The venture-capital culture is out of touch with the realities of contemporary workplaces, where half the talent pool is female. And the premises of anti-discrimination law are out of touch with the realities of women’s experience, where much gender bias is unconscious and implicit, rather than overt and intentional.

  • Date: December 31, 2014 Featured In: Civil Rights Advocacy blog

    "Five days later, six women’s groups — Montana NOW, Pennsylvania NOW, Legal Voice, Sexual Violence Law Center, Women’ Law Project, and Legal Momentum — filed an amicus brief before the Montana Supreme Court. This brief documented the rape myths that Baugh used in determining and handing down the sentence he gave to former teacher and convicted rapist Stacey Rambold. We were supporting the Montana Attorney General’s call for overturning the original sentence and remanding the case back to Yellowstone County Court for re-sentencing. The amicus brief we filed focused on rape myths and their inappropriate impact in adjudicating and sentencing in sexual-assault cases. We asked the court to take the effect of these types of rape myths into account when making their decision in this case and, upon remand, to assign the case to a new judge for sentencing. Our amicus went further than the Attorney General’s appeal in that we did not want Baugh to do the resentencing and that we wanted the Supreme Court to order the county to reassign the case to another judge who would be less biased in handling sexual assault cases (December 13, 2013).

  • Date: December 17, 2014 Featured In: North Country Public Radio

    Attorney Christina Brandt-Young is with Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defenseand Education Fund. She said, "If a person can be expelled from school for cheating on a test, or plagiarizing a paper, then they should be expelled for sexually assaulting another student."

  • Date: October 6, 2014 Featured In: Midtown Gazette

    "Christina Brandt-Young, a staff attorney at Legal Momentum, works to educate clients and employers about victims’ rights in the workplace. In New York, she says, it’s against the law for employers to penalize victims for missing work for court dates or other meetings associated with domestic violence. 'There are a couple of different ways that people can use the law to deal with discrimination against domestic violence victims and their needs,' she says. 'But most of the employers don’t know about it.' "

  • Date: May 27, 2014 Featured In: The Daily Beast

    In a statement to The Daily Beast, Sclove said, "I filed these two federal complaints in order to secure justice and hopefully to prevent another person from going through what I did. I trust that the U.S. Department of Education has the expertise, the investigative powers, and most importantly the independence to review my case and make sure this never happens to another person ever."

  • Date: April 29, 2014 Featured In: The Columbia Spectator

    “This complaint makes it part of a wave of complaints that are being filed on the administrative level with the department of education,” said Christina Brandt-Young, a senior staff attorney for Legal Momentum, a defense and education fund that focuses on women’s issues. “No one knows for sure how many have been filed related to college campuses and sexual assault because the Department of Education doesn’t like to publicize when complaints are under investigation.”

    “Schools can’t respond to assaults and wait for them to happen,” Brandt-Young said. “They’re also supposed to improve the campus climate around sexual harassment and provide a safe environment for students free of sexual harassment, sexual violence, that’s what Title IX is all about.”

  • Date: March 19, 2014 Featured In: Think Progress

    "In 2011, five times as many families with children got food stamps than got TANF, according to the Legal Momentum report. SNAP kept 5 million people out of poverty in 2012; public assistance did the same for just 641,000 people.

    Legal Momentum also notes that those who do receive TANF are getting very little from it."

  • Date: March 13, 2014 Featured In: Women's eNews

    Legal Momentum's Lisalyn Jacobs reports on how equal pay, a higher minimum wage, and paid sick and safe days will enable survivors of domestic violence to have real economic choices andl lead them and their families to more safety more quickly.

  • Date: March 7, 2014 Featured In: AFL-CIO Now

    A blog post by Mike Hall on the AFL-CIO website highlights Legal Momentum's launch of the "Tradeswomen's Tuesdays" visibility campaign by our Equality Works program.

  • Date: February 12, 2014 Featured In: The Village Voice

    "The group has backing from several legal-advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and women's legal-aid society Legal Momentum. Michelle Caiola, a senior staff attorney at the latter, calls the FDNY's percentage of female firefighters "abysmal."

    'Women never make up the majority of firefighters, but if you look at other major cities, especially those that have made an effort, the numbers are much higher,' Caiola says. 'Our numbers are so low.'"