The Syms Legal Momentum Gender Equality Legal Helpline is a free national resource that provides information, support and referrals to anyone facing gender discrimination. Each year, Legal Momentum makes hundreds of requests that guide people to the appropriate resources and next steps for their individual situation, providing legal representation in a small number of potentially serious cases. Overview of the legal and economic guarantees and benefits available to meet the challenges and difficulties of this pandemic. Legal Momentum is the country`s oldest legal advocacy group advocating for the rights of women and girls. Legal Momentum, founded in 1970, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the first and oldest women`s legal advocacy group in the United States. Betty Friedan and Muriel Fox co-founded and Muriel Fox is an ongoing leader of the organization.  Carol Baldwin Moody became President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. The organization, founded as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, became Legal Momentum in 2004. Legal Momentum is a cross-cutting organization dedicated to promoting women`s rights and gender equality, particularly in the areas of equal opportunities in education. fairness in court; end all forms of gender-based violence; Equality in the workplace and economic empowerment. The organization employs three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, and educational initiatives. It is headquartered in New York City.    The Gender Equality Legal Network and the TIME`S UP Legal Defense Fund are hosted and managed by the National Women`s Law Center Fund, LLC (NWLCF).
The information on this page does not constitute legal advice. It is provided for general information purposes only. Founded in 1980, the National Judicial Education Program (NECN) creates, presents and publishes a range of programs and articles based on legal, social and neuroscience research to educate the judiciary about gender bias and how it can undermine fairness in our justice system. NJEP programs include Understanding Sexual Violence: the Judicial Response to Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault and a weaving course, Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating the Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases, available free of charge from www.njep-ipsacourse.org. In 2004, the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund changed its name to Legal Momentum. A more detailed history, including a timeline of the organization and a database of legal affairs, can be found on Legal Momentum`s website, www.legalmomentum.org. “In preparing for the Supreme Court trial, NOW Legal Defense had the advantage of having a talented legal team with extensive experience. While virtually everyone in the office helped in one way or another, our in-house litigation team consisted of Martha Davis, General Counsel of NOW Legal Defense, Skadden Fellow, Risa Kaufman and myself. We wrote the briefs on behalf of Christy Bronzkala and coordinated amicus curiae briefs filed by sister organizations, professors, a congressman and 37 attorneys general to support the constitutionality of the law.
New York – 21. January 2022 – Legal Momentum, the first and oldest women`s legal advocacy group in the United States, today announced that Jennifer Becker has been promoted to General Counsel. In this role, she will maintain her burden while overseeing litigation strategies and policy solutions for Legal Momentum and its staff. Legal Momentum`s Women Valued leads legislative advocacy and rights-aware education initiatives focused on protecting the rights of groups that have long been underserved by our laws, including women of color, migrant women, victims of gender-based violence, and the disproportionate number of women relegated to low-wage work. In 2004, the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund was renamed Legal Momentum, a more concise, mission-oriented name that reflects the organization`s development and ongoing work.  Building on 50 years of work to address gender inequality, this letter identifies governments` policy priorities and recommends measures to shape a short-term response to the pandemic`s impact on women and enable a long-term transformative agenda for inclusive gender equality. I am an employee and need help with gender discrimination or harassment in the workplace. “Sidley and Austin, a private law firm with a prestigious Supreme Court practice, worked with us as co-counsel.
And we had the support of the Department of Justice, which had intervened to argue that the law had to be respected,” Goldscheid said. “As a lawyer who had argued the constitutionality of VAWA`s civil rights appeal in lower courts across the country, I was thrilled to have the opportunity and excited to take on the challenge.” This project was supported by grant no. 2014-TA-AX-K029 from the U.S. Department of Justice`s Bureau on Violence against Women. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations contained in this presentation are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office on Violence against Women of the Ministry of Justice. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has Roe v. Wade and eliminated the federal right to abortion. The Dobbs decision is shocking, but not surprising. For decades, lawmakers have restricted access to abortion and prevented many people — especially low-income women of color — from receiving safe and affordable reproductive health care. The consequences of today`s verdict are profound and dangerous. While this decision will affect every person in this country, certain groups such as women and members of the LGBTQ+ community, including queer, non-binary, and transgender men, are disproportionately at risk.
Legal Momentum leads advocacy efforts for a range of policy solutions to address and eliminate gender discrimination and achieve gender equality. Beginning in 1991, Legal Momentum worked closely with then-Senator Biden to draft and pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which dealt with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and harassment. Since 1994, VAWA has provided billions of dollars for victim services, education for justice professionals, and prevention programs to end gender-based violence. Legal Momentum congratulates Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for introducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, 2022. This important bill reflects a bipartisan consensus that the government must do more to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The Bill responds to the many needs identified through extensive collaboration with survivors, service providers, researchers and others in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault. A summary of the Senate draft can be found here. My situation does not involve discrimination or harassment based on gender at work, school or during health care. In September 1994, 18-year-old Christy Brzonkala was a freshman at Virginia Polytechnic University. She claimed she was raped by two college football players in her dormitory and brought her allegation that the defendants violated VAWA`s civil rights appeal in federal court. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the complaint and sided with the defendants, represented by the Conservative Center for Individual Rights.
Today, Legal Momentum honors the life of Madeleine Albright, our first globally recognized female Secretary of State and human rights activist. As a child of refugees, Madeleine Albright has dedicated her life to fighting for freedom around the world and has travelled the world throughout her career promoting peace, reconciliation and mutual respect in the international community. She is an icon for women around the world and a reminder of what is possible when we enable women and girls to reach their full potential. We thank Ms. Albright for her activism and commitment to improving humanity and are proud to continue the fight for equality, security and justice throughout Legal Momentum`s work. The NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund was instrumental in drafting and enacting VAWA and its landmark civil rights appeal in 1994 and co-counsel to plaintiff Christy Brzonkala in U.S. v. Morrison. Senior counsel Julie Goldscheid argued the case before the Supreme Court. This article from In Brief, the NOW LDEF newsletter, offers a feminist perspective on judgment.  Victims of sexual assault consider whether to file a complaint and contact the criminal justice system. Victim advocates need to understand this system in order to provide sound advice.
At Legal Momentum, we recognize that the fight for gender equality is also a fight for racial justice. We understand that to combat gender discrimination, we must also address the institutional racism faced by people of colour in this country. We know that discrimination in all its forms puts marginalized groups at increased risk of economic hardship, exclusion and violence. Legal Momentum rights now! The peer education program works with youth, especially young women of color, developing their knowledge and leadership on issues of gender-based violence and discrimination, empowering them to bring that knowledge back to their communities to teach others. State legislation and local practice vary across the country. This template will help your organization create a guide with government and local information to complement this training. Please check the box that is appropriate for your situation for resources and information. “It was nothing short of an honor to appear before the Supreme Court on behalf of NOW Legal Defense and our client, Christy Brzonkala,” Goldscheid said.
Dokument 20: NOW LDEF Communications Department, “Now Legal Defense and Education Fund Plays Pivotal Role in Landmark U.S.