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Church Should Disclose Names of Pedophile Priests

April 28th, 2016Posted By: Bryan Smith

On April 26, 2016, the Yakima Diocese announced that it will not follow the Seattle Archdiocese’s lead and publish the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The Diocese’s claimed reasoning for continuing its decades-long policy of silence and secrets is that most of the priest’s names “already had been made […]

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$16M lawsuit claims DHS failed to protect kids from months of abuse

April 7th, 2016Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Fox 12 Oregon

Tamaki Law files lawsuit against DHS on behalf of English-speaking foster kids who were placed in an Spanish-speaking home and sexually and physically abused. To see video news coverage, click here.

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History Of Abuse By Catholic Clergy Still Felt In Native Communities

January 28th, 2016Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: KUOW.ORG - Bill Radke & Allie Ferguson

The Seattle Archdiocese recently released 77 names of clergy accused of child sexual abuse, including priests who worked on reservation land. The Catholic Church has had a presence on Indian reservations since the 1800s. Their missionary work was intertwined with early U.S. government policy towards native Americans. Attorney Vito de la Cruz represents many victims […]

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Woman Sues State Over Pierce County Foster-Care Abuse

November 17th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: The News Tribune - Adam Lynn

The sister of a young woman who was paid $1.3 million to settle her claims of abuse in state foster care has sued the state, saying she, too, suffered sexual assaults and beatings while a ward of Washington. The woman, now 20 and living in Moses Lake, seeks unspecified damages in her lawsuit, which was […]

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Student sues former Selah teacher, a convicted voyeur

October 14th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Yakima Herald - Rafael Guerrero

A former Selah Junior High School student is suing a former teacher who has been convicted of voyerism. In late February, David McMillen, 55, was sentenced to more than two years in prison on voyeurism charges. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Gayle Harthcock said at the time the former science teacher violated the trust parents […]

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Federal judge: Ex-Yakima priest must pay sex-abuse victim $5M

August 25th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Yakima Herald - Jane Gargas

A federal district court judge has issued a $5 million judgment against a priest who served in the Catholic Diocese of Yakima in the 1970s and ’80s. The civil lawsuit, brought by a man known as C.S. in court documents, alleged that the Rev. Dale Calhoun sexually abused him beginning in 1977 when he was […]

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Sexual Assault of Minors in Rural Areas: The Role of Human Service Departments

June 3rd, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Policy & Practice - Daniel Pollack

They may not make the national news too frequently, but minors in rural areas are sexually assaulted— very often. Federal and state legislatures have enacted laws designed to protect minors from registered sex offenders. Adopted in 1996, Megan’s Law created a nationwide sex offender registry. Every state followed suit. Codified in California Penal Code, §§ […]

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Tamaki Law Files Suit – Student-Perpetrator Caught on Video Assaulting Student on School Bus

May 19th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

The father of an eight-year-old girl who was repeatedly sexually assaulted on a Yakima School bus has filed a lawsuit against the Yakima School District No. 7. The father, identified by his initials E.R., and his minor child, identified by the initials of A.R., are represented by Tamaki Law. A.R., who suffers from Down syndrome, […]

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Former jail inmate sues Franklin County over sexual assault by corrections officer

May 11th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Kristin M. Kraemer

A woman who was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer while locked up in jail claims Franklin County failed to adequately monitor and protect her. The woman has filed a public injury lawsuit against Franklin County stemming from the criminal actions of former employee Justin T. Husom. The county, which oversees the jail, is responsible […]

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Helena Diocese names perpetrators of sexual abuse; many at western Montana parishes

May 5th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Missoulian - David Erickson

Father Joseph Obersinner, an ordained priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena who served at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Missoula from 1989 to 1991, is one of more than 80 people employed by the church who allegedly sexually abused children under his care. Due to a statute of limitations, Obersinner was never charged […]

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