More women are continuing to speak out and demand justice after surviving childhood sexual abuse in Maryland juvenile detention centers. Represented by Levy Konigsberg Attorneys Jerome Block and Clark Binkley, 20 women have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the State of Maryland for its failure to protect them from repeated sexual abuse while confined as juveniles at the Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center. Our legal team has been investigating sexual abuse claims from former Waxter Children’s Center detainees, and we are now taking legal action using the Maryland Child Victims Act.

The Waxter Children’s Center was, until its closure in 2022, Maryland’s primary juvenile detention facility for girls. For decades, Waxter was a lightning rod for controversy, with widespread reports and investigations into poor conditions, violently abusive staff, and lack of oversight. As detailed in the lawsuit, the State’s policy of locking up girls for minor violations or behavioral problems meant that many girls who simply needed help went straight from difficult home lives into a traumatizing, prisonlike environment where they were regularly sexually abused by facility staff.

According to the lawsuit, many different staff at Waxter were involved in sexual abuse, such as:

  • Correctional/detention officers
  • Counselors
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • And others

Despite the widespread sexual abuse of children at Waxter, little was done by the State of Maryland to protect these children or to punish their abusers. It is this pattern of negligence on the part of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services that has prompted the recent filing of this and similar sexual abuse lawsuits in Maryland. The state government’s shocking negligence in its failure to stop the sexual abuse of children in its juvenile detention facilities is highlighted in the Waxter Children’s Center lawsuit.

Leading the Way for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

With the Maryland Child Victims Act (“CVA”) of 2023, which permanently eliminated the statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits in cases of child sexual abuse, former detainees at facilities like Waxter can seek justice and compensation, even for abuse that occurred many years ago. Levy Konigsberg and its team of dedicated trial attorneys are at the forefront of CVA litigation, having filed some of the first CVA lawsuits about the widespread sexual abuse in Maryland’s juvenile detention facilities.

In announcing the Waxter lawsuit filed on behalf of 20 women, Levy Konigsberg Partner Jerome Block stated:

“The women we represent have courageously stepped forward to seek justice for these horrific acts of sexual abuse. All of them were once young girls who entered the Waxter facility needing help. Instead, they were scarred for life by acts of sexual abuse enabled by a broken Maryland juvenile justice system.”

In November 2023, Levy Konigsberg filed a lawsuit on behalf of 25 men and women who had been sexually abused as children at Maryland’s Cheltenham Youth Detention Center. The lawsuit was covered by The Baltimore Sun, in an article highlighting the brave survivors who stepped forward to tell their stories and seek justice after decades of suffering in silence.

Levy Konigsberg, and co-counsel Brown Kiely LLP, represent over 200 such survivors of sexual abuse at Maryland’s juvenile detention facilities and plans to continue fighting tirelessly on their behalf.

Levy Konigsberg is a nationwide trial law firm with a proven track record of representing survivors of sexual abuse. We have the strength, size, and resources needed to file lawsuits against government agencies, religious groups, medical institutions, and more. If you want to know if you can file a claim for sexual abuse that occurred at the Waxter Children’s Center, or other juvenile detention centers in Maryland, then speak with our team today.

We are leading the way for lawsuits against many other Maryland juvenile detention facilities, such as:

Please call (800) 315-3806 now and request a free, initial consultation with our firm.


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