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  • Date: October 1, 2011 Featured In: HR Magazine

    "More than 40 state laws provide some workplace protections for domestic abuse victims, ranging from mandated leave to prohibitions on firing of crime victims simply because they are victims. Currently, 34 states and the District of Columbia have laws providing unemployment insurance for abuse victims in certain situations, according to Lisalyn Jacobs, vice president for government relations at Legal Momentum, a women's advocacy group.

  • Date: September 16, 2011 Featured In: / Life, Inc.

    The article discusses the "economic toll of single parenthood" in relation to Legal Momentum's report on the 2010 Census poverty data, Women and Poverty in the United States, 2010  and our previous report, Poverty Rates for Single Mothers Are Higher in the U.S. than in Other High Income Countries.

  • Date: September 15, 2011 Featured In: WBAI 99.5's Wake Up Call

    Legal Momentum President Elizabeth Grayer discusses the new Census Bureau data that found that nearly one in six Americans are living in poverty. Download the MP3 file of Elizabeth Grayer on "Wakeup Call" here. Elizabeth's segment begins at 9:05.

  • Date: September 14, 2011 Featured In: RFI: French Public Radio

    "'The Census data highlight the serious hardship facing many American families in the current economic crisis," said Elizabeth Grayer of women's campaign group Legal Momentum. 'The data indicate increased poverty and a continuing gender poverty gap in the United States, facts that underscore the need for a social safety net that is accessible and adequate.'"

    "'The 40.7 percent poverty rate for solo mother families was 68 per cent greater than the 24.2 percent rate for solo father families,' a Legal Momentum memo said."

  • 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.