Why would I need a SafeSport Lawyer?
In 2018, the law, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed. The Safe Sport Act, as it is commonly known, expands abuse awareness training and child abuse reporting laws required of adults working with youth sports organizations of all sizes.
“The U.S. Congress designated the U.S. Center for SafeSport with the authority to respond to reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement by passing the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. This legislation, also known as S.534, designates the Center to serve as the independent national safe sport organization, with the additional responsibility for the Center to develop national policies and procedures to prevent the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes.”
“Through this legislation, the Center has the exclusive authority to respond to allegations of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement. It also allows the Center to have discretionary jurisdiction on a case-by-case basis over any other forms of misconduct, including bullying, harassment, and physical and emotional abuse.”
The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides in-person or online Safe Sport Training for youth sports organizations, national governing bodies, and individuals including parents and youth athletes.
While the provisions set forth in this legislation offer increased protection for children participating in youth sports, they cannot prevent child abuse from happening. If your child or a loved one has been abused, whether it’s physically, sexually, or emotionally, you need a SafeSport lawyer who is not afraid to go head to head with established institutions.
Our SafeSport Lawyers are Well Prepared for Abuse Lawsuits.
The lawyers at The Fierberg National Law Group excelled at the best law schools and trained specifically to help survivors achieve justice, regain power, and compel reform. It is our sincere belief that survivors of violence and discrimination have meaningful options for seeking justice, regaining the upper-hand, and beginning the process of putting their lives back together. This pursuit of justice and meaningful resolution must be supported by intelligent, trained, and passionate legal firepower.
As the only nationwide legal team focused on winning justice for victims of violence and abuse, our SafeSport lawyers help victims and their families hold perpetrators, schools, and sports organizations accountable. We leverage our unique, close relationships with the country’s leading nonprofit advocacy groups, with whom we regularly confer, and at times, “partner” on cases to increase a victim’s ability to obtain justice and cause systemic change. Such groups include:
- The National Crime Victim Law Institute
- Futures Without Violence
- Harvard Gender Violence Program
- National Crime Victims Bar Association
- National Center for Victims of Crime
- Know Your Title IX
- Public Justice Foundation
For your reference, we highlight some of our firm’s powerful advocates that are available to help you:
- Cari Simon, Harvard Law School alum and Inaugural Fellow at the Harvard Gender Violence Clinic, is one of the Nation’s Top Title IX Attorneys representing survivors of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and sexual harassment in University and K–12 settings nationwide. Ms. Simon has been credited with the inclusion of stalking and dating violence in the definition of sexual harassment under Title IX, and her impact litigation ensured universities are responsible under Title IX for sexual violence at fraternity houses.
- Monica Beck, University of Michigan Law School alum, obtained a $1.8 Million verdict in federal court against former MLB player Chad Curtis who was convicted of sexually assaulting four high school students. Ms. Beck immediately followed that verdict with a settlement in excess of $1 Million against a school district whose employee sexually assaulted an elementary school student. Most recently, Ms. Beck obtained a $1 Million verdict in federal court against a school district that mishandled credible reports of sexual misconduct and assaults on two girls by a male student who was a “known repeat sexual predator,” and who happened to be the child of a teacher in the school district.
- Chloe Neely, New York University School of Law alum, represents a wide range of victims of school-related violence, including college and K–12 sexual assault, fraternity and sorority hazing, school shootings, and harassment. Ms. Neely specializes in representing sexual assault victims’ rights and has experience working with survivors in both civil and criminal contexts.
- Lisa Cloutier, Harvard Law School alum, is a national expert with over fifteen years of experience in successfully advocating for survivors at K-12 schools and higher education institutions, and in related policy work on these issues. Ms. Cloutier’s track record of results for her courageous clients regularly has included obtaining course final grade changes, significant tuition refunds and monetary awards, the suspension and expulsion of student perpetrators, the suspension and other significant, permanent sanctions against tenured faculty members at top national universities, and policy changes.
- Olympias Iliana Konidaris (“Iliana”), Washington University Law School alum, has over ten years of experience handling civil litigation and claims involving civil rights in New York City. Ms. Konidaris represents victims and survivors in Title IX proceedings at the K-12, university, and graduate and professional school levels. She also represents survivors of gender-based violence in the workplace and in cyber abuse cases. In 2020, Ms. Konidaris was appointed the Co-Chair of the New York City Bar’s Sex & Law Committee and was recently named a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Civil Rights Law.
- Carly Mee, George Mason University School of Law alum, was a Senior Staff Attorney at the legal nonprofit, SurvJustice, and was a recipient of the 2019 Unsung Hero Award from the Virginia Attorney General’s Office for her dedicated service to victims of crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The National Title IX movement expertise, along with the sexual and gender violence training of Cari Simon, Monica Beck, Chloe Neely, Lisa Cloutier, Iliana Konidaris, and Carly Mee make us uniquely effective counsel for survivors of sexual and gender violence in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, fraternities, sororities, sports teams, camps, scouting, group outings, and the workplace.
Let a SafeSport Lawyer Get to Work for You.
If you’re here, it means that you, or someone you love, is possibly experiencing a traumatic event. The entire staff extends our most sincere condolences.
We want to help you put your life back together, and to do our part to make violence against youth athletes a thing of the past. For a confidential conversation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.877.WASH.DC.1.