Kat is a human rights defender who litigates in civil court on behalf of survivors of gender-based violence. She has an extensive background fighting for victims rights in and out of the courtroom. She has advocated for survivors of sexual violence in India, Haiti, and the U.S.
Kat represents victims of sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, and other gender-based violent crimes.
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You have a right to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what. Women, race-based minorities, sex workers, and the LGBTQ community are often disproportionality impacted by gender-based violence.
Regardless of your background, employment, immigration status, upbringing, or ethnicity, We aim to represent our clients with the utmost respect and dignity. We firmly believe that you have a right to have an attorney that treats you with dignity and respect. We strive to never treat our clients as “less than” for any reason.
Your Voice, Your Rights
Survivors of gender-based violence often feel disempowered and voiceless after the traumatic incident. We carefully assess your situation, listen to your needs and goals, and strive to protect your interests and rights throughout the litigation process. We strongly believe that no one should feel confused or left in the dark about their case.
We Stay Connected
As a rights-based law firm, staying connected with our clients throughout the legal process is of critical importance.
We know that we cannot properly represent you, unless we engage you in the process. Part of our mission is to ensure that our clients feel that they have a voice.
The United Nations defines violence against women and gender-based violence (GBV) as any act that results in “physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” This includes rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse.
There are many options to help survivors recover and get there life back after experiencing a gender-based crime. One option is to bring a law suit in a civil court. By bringing a law suit, a survivor can potentially recover damages (money) for the harms that they suffered as a result of their emotional, physiological and physical injuries.
Lives Disrupted by Gender-Based Violence
Trauma = wound. Trauma is a major physical or emotional injury. Survivors of gender-based violence, such as sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape, and harassment experience trauma, which can lead to extreme shock, depression, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that can prevent a survivor from moving forward with their lives.
“Gender-based violence is a distinctive form of trauma because the violation involved is extremely invasive and gives rise to feelings of shame, self-blame and guilt. When combined with fear of being injured or killed, it is traumatizing in almost all cases.”
Unfortunately, GBV is widespread. The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence worldwide.
What is a forensic rape exam?
A forensic rape exam or “FRE” is an examination performed by a trained medical provider to gather evidence about a sexual assault that occurred. It’s free and could help you if you choose to bring a case against the perpetrator.
You do NOT have to file a police report or claim to receive on FRE. However, the FRE may help with your case in the future, if you choose to bring a claim. Under New York State Executive Law, §631.13, the State of New York will provide direct reimbursement to the medical professional for the costs of examination, laboratory testing, and pharmaceuticals related to the FRE.
For more information contact the New York State Office of Victim Services:
Phone: 1-800-247-8035 (TTY: 1-888-289-9749)
Mailing Address: New York State Office of Victim Services,
Attn: FRE Processing, AE Smith Building,
80 S. Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210
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If you would like to find out more please contact TLC for a free and confidential consultation with our office.