We’re not just great lawyers. We’re also great neighbors.

Beyond the work we do every day for our individual clients, we are always engaged in efforts to enrich our community through partnerships with community groups and nonprofits, legislative advocacy, campaigns against perpetrators who try to silence their victims, and more. We recognize that while we can change the lives of our clients by zealously pursuing their cases, there is so much more we can do to change the institutions that perpetuate inequity.

Khandker

We recently defeated a retaliatory defamation lawsuit brought by Dr. Ferdous Khandker against our clients, who he tried to punish for speaking out on social media against his widespread abuse against young Bangladeshi women in Jackson Heights. The judge shot down his lawsuit, awarded us attorney’s fees for our trouble… and then we brought a class action lawsuit against him for sexually abusing our clients and countless other victims. Serial abusers are not satisfied with assaulting a couple of people — they assault dozens, if not hundreds. We are committed to getting justice for all women who have been hurt by this monster who has been masquerading as a trusted doctor and upstanding member of the community for far too long. To learn more about the case and read some of the press we have received, visit the link below.

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BWB

In 2021, we launched our Obstetrics Justice survey in partnership with Restore Forward (previously called Black Women’s Blueprint) for Black Women’s Maternal Health Week. Together we are working to combat racial disparities in health care. If you or someone you know has suffered discrimination or violence in a health care setting, or simply want to learn more about the epidemic of medical abuse especially against BIPOC women, please visit the link below.

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Child Victims Act (CVA) & Gender Motivated Violence Act (GMVA)

We are proud to represent a number of survivors through the Child Victims Act (CVA). We believe strongly in this legislation, and have advocated for additional protections for survivors of sexual abuse. We have been convening with legislators in the City Council as well as speaking out publicly (including in Susan’s BNC News interview and in our Daily Beast feature) to show our support for the passage of an amendment to the Gender Motivated Violence Act (GMVA) that would create a two-year lookback window for survivors of sexual abuse.

Birth Justice Tribunal

Organized by Elephant Circle, A People’s Tribunal to End Obstetric Violence and Racism opened a venue for people to share personal stories of the medical abuse and negligence that occurred throughout their pregnancy. The tribunal was first hosted in New York on October 6, 2023, and then in Memphis on December 1, 2023. A panel of human rights experts issued policy recommendations on how to prevent and respond to the abuses they heard during the tribunal. Crumiller provided financial support for the events and several members of our team sat on the tribunal planning committee. We also connected Elephant Circle with journalists and listened to the participants’ testimony during the New York tribunal.

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Advocating for ASA extension

We publicly advocated for the passage of the Adult Survivors Act (ASA), which created a temporary window for survivors to file sexual assault lawsuits no matter how long ago the abuse took place. When the one-year window first opened in November 2022, we launched the Survivors Law Project to help survivors file civil lawsuits under the ASA. We’ve represented two dozen survivors in ASA cases so far. We are now advocating for an extension of the ASA to give more survivors a fair shot at justice.

Meet Our Friends

C.A. Goldberg

C.A. Goldberg is our sister law firm. The C.A. Goldberg team handles cases of revenge porn, stalking, privacy matters, sexual assault and harassment, and more. In 2022, our firms joined forces to create Survivors Law Project, an organization committed to vindicating the rights of sexual assault victims under New York’s Adult Survivors Act.

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Restore Forward

Restore Forward is a movement that places Black women’s lives squarely within the broader political as well as civil and human rights concerns of African American communities in the U.S.

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A Better Balance

A Better Balance uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, and combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers and advances supportive policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, fair scheduling, and accessible, quality childcare and eldercare.

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American Association for Justice

The American Association for Justice promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety.

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National Employment Lawyers Association

Our attorneys are proud NELA members and work closely with the NELA/NY Legislative Committee to advance worker protections in New York. We recently helped enact NYC’s recent salary transparency law, and are now working to advance NELA/NY’s 2023 legislative agenda.

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Lift Our Voices

Lift Our Voices (LOV) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the American workplace safer and more equitable. It was co-founded by Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky, two former Fox News journalists who came forward with allegations of sexual abuse by former Fox chairman Roger Ailes. LOV successfully spearheaded the first two federal sexual harassment laws of the #MeToo era: the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Act and the Speak Out Act. Crumiller is a proud fiscal sponsor of LOV’s work.

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Elephant Circle

Elephant Circle works to advance birth justice across the United States through community organizing, public health law and advocacy, and support of community initiatives. Their intersectional, feminist approach to reproductive justice work can be traced back to 2006 before the organization was formally founded in 2009. Elephant Circle provides education, coaching, legal services, legislative support, and doula services.

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