Spotlight

  • Op-Ed by California State Senator Connie M. Leyva and Legal Momentum Senior Staff Attorney Jennifer Becker Over the past several months, a loud national conversation has been taking place about sexual harassment and assault — in Hollywood, in business, the judiciary, and in the halls of Congress and state legislatures. The conduct revealed is not new and all stems from the same root cause — abuse of power.
  • Legal Momentum Urges States to Criminalize SextortionAfter working with California State Senator Connie M. Leyva to pass SB500, a new law that criminalizes sextortion, Legal Momentum is publicly calling for all other states to follow suit.
  • Happy New Year! Thank you for your ongoing support of Legal Momentum's essential work.  Our supporters helped us make great strides to advance women’s rights in 2017, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
  • New York, December 21, 2017 - Legal Momentum is proud to endorse Governor Cuomo’s proposal to criminalize offenses—including disclosing, or threatening to disclose, intimate or sexually explicit images or videos without consent—under state law and to require convicted perpetrators to register as sex offenders. With “Ending Sextortion Now,” the 11th proposal of the 2018 State of the State, Governor Cuomo is putting New York State at the forefront of protecting young women and girls from exploitation.
  • On December 6, 2017, Legal Momentum submitted testimony to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, which held a momentous hearing on how the city should address the longstanding problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. Here’s what Legal Momentum had to say:
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  •  Five-Campus Tour Teaches Students Their Rights Legal Momentum’s current campus tour schedule includes Fordham University and Sarah Lawrence College on October 24, CUNY Queensborough on November 8 and December 4, Fordham University School of Law on November 16, and Brooklyn Law School on November 27.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about New York State's paid family leave law. 
  • Legal Momentum’s staff was saddened to learn of the passing of award-winning journalist Rita Henley Jensen on October 18 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Rita was the founder and executive director emerita of Women’s eNews, the website and digital news service dedicated to providing balanced, nonpartisan journalism on the issues that matter to women. As Rita noted in a 2007 interview, “It’s about everything that impacts women, which is everything.”
  • NEW YORK, Oct 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The torrent of stories of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of claims about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein could help propel campaigns to make sextortion illegal, according to activists trying to change laws in the United States.Sextortion - a form of extortion that involves sexual acts or images as its currency - is not recognized by criminal laws in many U.S. states and victims often have little or no recourse, experts say.