Over our 50 year history, Legal Momentum has led innovative programs and initiatives to advance gender equality at every level of society and government.
In addition to precedent-setting impact litigation and our legislative advocacy that have shaped the landscape for women's rights, we have developed programs that harness the power of the law to promote safety for women and girls in the home, in school, at work, and in the courts. We seek to challenge gender bias in institutions of justice by educating and training those situated in the halls of power, as well as empowering women, girls, and advocates to assert their legal rights in different areas of their lives. Our work ranges from educating judges and court personnel and influencing policymakers, to nurturing young women to become community leaders and informing working women of their legal rights.
National Judicial Education Program
The National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) is a unique, award-winning project which pioneered judicial education about gender bias. It was the catalyst for and advisor to over 50 high level state and federal task forces on gender bias in the courts nationwide.
Women Valued Initiative
Since its founding in 2017, the Women Valued Initiative has educated, empowered, and elevated all women, including those who are most marginalized, with stronger legal protections and guidance about their rights.
The Rights Now! program is a peer education program that empowers youth to identify and respond to forms of discrimination and to understand their rights while helping them build leadership skills.
Syms Legal Momentum Gender Equality Helpline
The Syms Legal Momentum Gender Equality Helpline is a NO COST earliest stage legal resource for the information, assistance and referrals needed by women and girls experiencing challenges to their physical and economic rights in the workplace, home and school.
Victim Advocates Training: Helping Sexual Assault Victims Navigate the Criminal Justice System
Victim advocates play a critical role in many aspects of victims’ lives and decisions in the aftermath of a sexual assault. This free online web course provides the information advocates need to be able to respond to victims’ questions about the criminal justice system in advocates’ own jurisdictions. The course explores the myriad issues surrounding sexual assault in our society, which is epidemic across the country, and inflicts profound harm on victims yet remains vastly under-reported and under-prosecuted.
Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases
Intimate partner sexual abuse (IPSA) is an often-overlooked aspect of domestic violence cases. IPSA encompasses a continuum of behaviors—from verbal degradation to felony-level sexual abuse and torture. This free online course is used by judges and a wide variety of justice-system professionals. It provides current interdisciplinary research from law, medicine and the social sciences to help identify victims of IPSA and understand the heightened risk of escalating violence and the potential lethality that it poses to victims and their children.