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  • New Policies Will Benefit Many Women New York, NY—For the second time in four months, Legal Momentum secured a positive settlement for a victim of pregnancy discrimination by a governmental entity, the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (TBTA). Bridge and Tunnel Officer Lori Ann DiPalo was removed from her law enforcement position, just for being pregnant.
  • Update: View the recorded webinar.Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: From Teen Dating Violence to TraffickingJoin Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program for a free webinar on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 PM Pacific).
  • Legal Momentum is calling on all employers, no matter how large or small, to adopt the “This Workplace Is a DV-Free Zone Bill of Rights” and put into place a policy that ensures that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking are safe at work.
  • NEW YORK, September 21, 2015 - - Legal Momentum’s 2016 Women of Achievement Awards Dinner will honor the indomitable spirit and prime accomplishments of six distinguished women business leaders. The annual fundraising event will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Hotel InterContinental San Francisco. Women of Achievement is a respected San Francisco tradition where each year a group of amazing women who inspire, motivate, and succeed are celebrated and revered.The roster of 2016 honorees includes:
  • Legal Momentum welcomes news that colleges and universities in the Big 12 football conference (following the lead of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), will bar transfer students who have been disciplined for “sexual assault, domestic violence, or other forms of sexual violence” from participating in collegiate football.  That rule was put into effect, partly, in response to a Baylor University football student, Sam Ukwuachu, who was sentenced to 6 months behind bars, and 10 years probation for sexually assaulting a Baylor female soccer player.  Ukwuachu transferred from Boise State, where
  • A medical forensic sexual assault examination cannot determine whether or not a sexual assault was perpetrated. However, it can provide objective documentation of examination findings that, when considered in the context of all the evidence, will assist the judge and jury in reconstructing the events in question and determining whether or not there was a sexual assault. The limitation on how much a medical forensic sexual assault examination can tell the court is not only due to the fact that “rape” and “sexual assault” are legal conclusions, not medical diagnoses. 
  • On Saturday, August 15, 2015, a diverse group of high school and college students, parents, university administrators and faculty, government officials, parents, activists, and others gathered at a movie theater in Bellevue, WA, for a screening of the riveting documentary on campus sexual assault, The Hunting Ground, followed by a thought-provoking and informative panel discussion of the issues raised in the film.
  • Officer Thompson met with a lawyer at Legal Momentum, a women’s advocacy group, which took her case pro bono. On her behalf, the group filed a pregnancy discrimination charge against the city with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in March 2014.
  • New York City workers no longer have to risk missing career opportunities because they are, or may become, pregnant. The City has agreed to accommodate pregnant workers in significant ways in response to a charge brought before the EEOC by Legal Momentum on behalf of New York City Police Officer Akema Thompson.
  • A college rape prevention program sounds like a good idea. Everyone’s heard about the sexual assault epidemic plaguing college campuses; this type of program seems like the right response to an issue that has long gone ignored. A rape prevention program that is effective and that decreases the likelihood of rape and sexual assault is a welcome step forward. But a rape prevention program that is specifically for women takes the wrong approach.
  • To understand the struggle to get people to acknowledge Black women as victims of homicide and police violence, you need look no further than the last several days.
  • Legal Momentum was front and center in celebrating the signing of New York’s landmark “Enough Is Enough” legislation, which protects students who are sexual assault victims.


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