Cari Simon of School Violence Law and The Fierberg National Law Group is among an elite group of women selected to attend the White House Summit on the United State of Women!
Convened by the White House, the United State of Women Summit looks to rally women from all walks of life together to celebrate the progress/achievements made on behalf of women and girls and to discuss/set forth plans of action moving forward.
Set to take place on the weekend of June 13th in Washington D.C., the Summit will feature speakers who will both educate and inspire attendees, while also focusing on the following topics:
Economic Empowerment: Discussing equal pay and paid leave, as well as childcare and diversity.
Health and Wellness: Looking at health coverage, preventative care, pregnancy and more.
Educational Opportunity: Covering education for girls and women, from early childhood to college.
Violence Against Women: How we can prevent it on campus and at home, in the US and abroad.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Supporting female entrepreneurs with access to capital and increasing markets.
Leadership and Civic Engagement: Furthering women’s roles in corporations, academia, the media and the public sector.
The United State of Women will be an important moment for both women and girls, domestically and internationally. Congratulations Cari!!
Federal Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Transgender Student in Virginia Restroom Access Case
Gavin Grimm sued his school in Virginia after it decided that he would not be allowed to use the boys bathroom.
Gavin Grimm during an interview at his home in Gloucester, VA. Steve Helber/AP
Per NPR, Grimm, who was designated female but identifies as male, argued the policy violated Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program that gets federal funding. In 2015, the Department of Education issued a memo saying that when a school decides to treat students differently on the basis of sex, it “generally must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity”
The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Grimm, saying that a lower court should have deferred to the federal government’s assertion that Title IX protects transgender students.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which brought the case to court on behalf of Grimm, says this is the first time a federal court has affirmed the Title IX protects transgender students.
“Today’s Fourth Circuit decision is a vindication for Gavin and a reinforcement of the Department of Education’s policy.With this decision, we hope that schools and legislators will finally get the message that excluding transgender kids from the restrooms is unlawful sex discrimination.” Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Project said in a statement.
The ACLU’s official statement & press release can be viewedhere.
Sara Weckhorst and Tessa Farmer, alongside their attorney, Cari Simon of The Fierberg National Law Group, break their silence about K-State lawsuits in an interview with ABC News.
As School Violence Law touched on last week, attorney Cari Simon brought suit against Kansas State University on behalf of two women, claiming the school ignored their allegations of being sexually assaulted.
The women filed separate federal suits against Kansas State University after university officials refused to investigate their reports of rape by fellow students because the incidents had occurred at off-campus fraternity houses.
Sara Weckhorst and Tessa Farmer told ABC’s Good Morning America in an interview Monday morning that they went public with their names because they feel they’ve done nothing wrong.
“If this is what we have to do to make sure that this doesn’t happen to a single, one more person, if this is what it takes — then that is what we have to do,” Weckhorst told ABC News.
“It was terrifying,” Weckhorst said of the assaults. “I am always fearful they will come back. Fear is the main thing. … The only thing I hope to gain from this is that nobody has to have the same experience as us.”
Both women reported the sexual assaults to police and went to hospitals where rape kits were taken.
“I felt worthless and I didn’t know how to do relieve that pain, there was no closure for it,” Farmer said of the assault.
Farmer and Weckhorst also reported their assaults to two different faculty members.
“I went to the offices and they gave me a lot of back and forth, and I answered a lot of questions and they told me they couldn’t investigate cause it was off campus,” Farmer said.
Both lawsuits suits cite that “under Title IX, if a student files a complaint with the school, regardless of where the conduct occurred, the school must process the complaint in accordance with its established procedures.”
“What Kansas State seems to be ignoring is that the victims of sexual violence keep feeling the effects of the assault long after the sexual assault,” said Cari Simon, the attorney representing both Weckhorst and Famer.
ABC News reports that the president of the student body has released a public statement in support of the two students saying they respect the bravery of the women in stepping forward and that “a change needs to be made in order for all K-State students to feel taken care of and supported in all aspects concerning campus safety.”
Click hereto view the exclusive interview that aired this morning on Good Morning America.
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