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  • Date: August 24, 2011 Featured In: The New York Times

    "Lynn Hecht Schafran, senior vice president of Legal Momentum, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization for women and girls, said the Diallo case did have its uncommon aspects. The Manhattan district attorney’s office, she noted, went to 'unique lengths' to explain its reasoning in dropping the case. The unusual background, including prosecutors’ contention that Ms. Diallo repeatedly lied about her past, should not be a deterrent to other women, she said.

    'Victims do not have to be pristine to be believed in court,' Ms. Schafran said."

  • Date: August 24, 2011 Featured In: WBAI 99.5's Wake Up Call

    Legal Momentum Senior Staff Attorney Tim Casey discusses the failures of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, fifteen years after the program was enacted. Download the mp3 file of Tim Casey on "Wakeup Call" here. Tim's segment begins at 31:00.

  • Date: July 22, 2011 Featured In: Christian Science Monitor

    "Over 100,000 undocumented parents of American-born children were removed from the US between 1998 and 2007, says Legal Momentum...Some US states have put children left behind into foster care, the fund says, and parents may have a difficult time regaining custody once they are deported."

  • Date: July 7, 2011 Featured In: Kansas City InfoZine

    "Tim Casey is a senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum. He said today: 'Many of the proposed cuts are most devastating to communities least able to afford them: women and families hardest hit during the economic downturn, including single parent families, pregnant women, and children.'"

  • Date: July 4, 2011 Featured In: Hispanically-Speaking News

    "Victim advocate Leslye Orloff noted in Congressional testimony this year that only 19% of battered undocumented women are willing to report their abuse to police, and warned that 'the heightened fear of detention and deportation that increased immigration enforcement through 287(g) and Secure Communities is making it even less likely that immigrant victims will report and aid in the prosecution of rape and sexual assault.'"

  • Date: June 28, 2011 Featured In: KLAS-TV 8 News - CBS Las Vegas

    "Leslye Orloff was a presenter, and says immigrant victims suffer more severe abuse with more long-term consequences than to other survivors.

    'We've seen cases of women working in employment situations where they are constantly being sexually harassed, raped, etcetera, and when they complain, they get fired. And then they bring in a whole other group of people,' she said."

  • Date: June 25, 2011 Featured In: Women's eNews

    "Linda Basch and Elizabeth L. Grayer decried the decision in a June 23 joint column in the  Star Ledger and reminded readers of how many other underpaid women in the United States were, broadly speaking, represented by this suit.

    'Women are still paid 77 cents to every dollar a man earns," they wrote. "And the cost of pay discrimination to women and their families has been estimated to average $500,000 over a lifetime, and as much as $2 million or more for professional women."'

  • Date: June 24, 2011 Featured In: Huffington Post

    In the last decade, the poverty rate for children in single-mother households in the United States was 49 percent. That's 1.88 times more than the average poverty rate for children in 15 other high-income countries, according to Legal Momentum, a legal defense and education fund.

  • Date: June 21, 2011 Featured In: Women's eNews

    "Françoise Jacobsohn is project manager of the Equality Works program at Legal Momentum...'Most women don't want to litigate,' said Jacobsohn. 'Women are willing to put up with a great deal of injustice to keep working. They know if they press issues, they will be shoved off of sites. There are real repercussions to speaking out in the trades.'"

  • Date: June 19, 2011 Featured In: Imperial Valley News

    "[H]unger relief advocates fear that if enacted, the House proposal would slash the number of people aided by food stamps by as much as two-thirds or more, according to Legal Momentum, a legal defense and education fund geared for the advancement of women and girls."

  • Date: June 18, 2011 Featured In: WBAI 99.5's City Watch

    Legal Momentum Senior Staff Attorney Tim Casey discusses the single mother poverty rate in the U.S. compared to the rate in other high-income countries and the TANF program.
    Download the MP3 of Tim Casey on "City Watch". Tim's segment begins at 26:54.

  • Date: May 27, 2011 Featured In: Women's eNews

    Article about tradeswomen links to Legal Momentum's Equality Works program for more information.