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- Date: January 7, 2014
Date: July 26, 2013
This month, theNational Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and Legal Momentum/National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) officially joined the Collaborative. NAWJ has made human trafficking a priority over the past 2 years, and with SJI support, has been able to offer educational programming to their membership on this critical issue. With a recent SJI grant (SJI-13-E-090), NJEP will add a module on human trafficking to it popular course, Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases. This web course has proved to be highly successful, as over 13,000 learners have taken the course. It is available free of charge at www.njep-ipsacourse.org.
SJI appreciates the commitment of NAWJ and Legal Momentum to supporting the state courts on this issue, and commends both organizations for joining the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative.
Date: March 17, 2013
Michelle Caiola, senior counsel at Legal Momentum, a gender equity legal, education and advocacy group, said states began putting such rules in place close to a decade ago. Although most states have statutes providing protections for crime victims, laws specifically carving out protections for domestic violence victims are especially needed, Caiola says. "There remains a bias against victims of domestic violence," she says. "A stereotype. It's an issue people don't want to be involved with or take very seriously."
Date: February 28, 2013
Lisalyn Jacobs of Legal Momentum, a women's advocacy group, says cases often go stale when state or federal prosecutors have to drive hours to get to crime scenes on remote Indian reservations.
Date: February 28, 2013
Lisalyn Jacobs: "There are three key areas where the new version of the Violence Against Women Act represents a big step forward: It’s explicit about the fact that the VAWA addresses and covers all survivors of violence, regardless of their sexual orientation; it makes improvements in long-standing provisions having to do with immigrant women and their access to services; and it better addresses the needs of survivors of domestic violence in Indian country."
Date: February 5, 2013
Legal Momentum's Lisalyn Jacobs on the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Lisalyn discusses the history of the Violence Against Women Act, it's provisions, and the Senate vote.
Date: December 21, 2012
"I’d be hard pressed to come up with anyone who is doing more to shatter the myths about single mothers in the United States than Tim Casey, senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum, the nation’s oldest organization advocating on behalf of the legal rights of women and girls."
Also republished in Moyers & Company.
Legal Momentum's "Worst Off" report has been featured in:
- Forbes, Bad Relationships Don't Stand in Poor Women's Way. Bad Policies Do (01/04/2013)
- The New York Times, Austerity for Posterity (12/24/2012)
- Truthout -Thom Hartmann, On The News with Thom Hartmann (12/22/2012)
- ThinkProgress.org, America Provides Far Less Support To Single Parents Than Other Wealthy Countries (12/20/2012)
- About.com, Is the U.S. the Worst Place to Be a Single Parent?
- UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Ph.D. Student Aids in Groundbreaking Study
Date: July 27, 2012
“The House leadership’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) agenda seems to be much like its so-called economic agenda: it harms those who are weakest and those who need these programs the most.”
That’s how Lisalyn Jacobs, vice president for government relations at Legal Momentum—the nation’s oldest legal defense and education fund for women and girls—explains the flawed House VAWA bill and Speaker John Boehner’s refusal to reconcile it with a stronger, bipartisan Senate version.
Date: May 23, 2012
One of the big turning points, according to Michelle Caiola, a senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum and former senior trial attorney at the EEOC, was the EEOC v. Mitsubishi suit of 1998. That case had an impact because it was so large—300–400 class members, a $34 million settlement and rampant, egregious harassment. Those aspects made headlines, which made all the difference. “Whenever a sexual harassment lawsuit gets a lot of media attention, I think that’s what starts the cultural shift,” she told me. “The media attention informs the employees of what is acceptable or what is not acceptable or what their legal rights are. I also think it brought home to employers that this was
Date: May 16, 2012
Lisalyn Jacobs of the advocacy group Legal Momentum told In These Times that “immigrant women are particularly economically vulnerable and may either be relying on their abusive partner's income, or in a marginal position themselves that prevents them from being economically stable enough to leave their violent partners.”
Date: May 15, 2012
Legal Momentum's president Elizabeth Grayer's Letter to the Editor concerning the recent New York City firefighter's exam and the continuing lack of women represented in exam candidates.
Date: April 27, 2012
“I knew there was a core of senators committed to a strong, inclusive reauthorization bill,” said Lisalyn Jacobs of Legal Momentum, who helped write the new provisions, “and in the end, that prevailed.”