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A group of brave survivors is stepping forward to demand justice after surviving childhood sexual abuse in a New Jersey juvenile detention center. Represented by Levy Konigsberg Attorneys Moshe Maimon and Clark Binkley, 50 men have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the State of New Jersey for the repeated sexual abuse they suffered while confined as juveniles at the New Jersey Training School (“NJTS”). Our legal team has been investigating sexual abuse claims from former NJTS detainees, and we are now taking legal action using the New Jersey Child Sexual Abuse Act.

The New Jersey Training School, sometimes referred to as “Jamesburg,” is one of New Jersey’s oldest—and most controversial—juvenile detention centers. Despite the word “School” in its name, NJTS is in fact a prison-like, Civil War-era detention facility that has long been citicized for its abhorrent conditions, culture of exploitation, violence, and rampant sexual abuse. As detailed in the complaint, children detained at NJTS were for decades subjected to sexual abuse at the hands of facility staff, who regularly used physical force, threats, and manipulation to take advantage of those under their care. In 2010, a U.S. Department of Justice issued a report finding NJTS to have one of the highest rates of sexual abuse among juvenile detention facilities nationwide.

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

  • Correctional/detention officers
  • Counselors
  • Supervisors
  • Teachers
  • Nurses
  • And others

Despite the widespread sexual abuse of children at NJTS, the State of New Jersey has done little to protect these children or to punish their abusers. It is this pattern of negligence on the part of the New Jersey Commission for Juvenile Justice and other state agencies that has prompted the filing of this lawsuit. The state government’s shocking negligence in its failure to stop the sexual abuse of children in its juvenile detention facilities is detailed in the NJTS lawsuit.

Leading the Way for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

With the New Jersey Child Sexual Abuse Act of 2019, which extended the statute of limitations to age 55 for filing civil lawsuits in cases of child sexual abuse, former detainees at facilities like NJTS 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 childhood sexual abuse litigation, having filed dozens of lawsuits nationwide on behalf of survivors. In late 2023, Levy Konigsberg’s pioneering lawsuits on behalf of dozens of men and women who were abused as children in Maryland’s juvenile detention facilities were covered by the Baltimore Sun and the Associated Press [1] [2] [3] [4].

In announcing the NJTS lawsuit, Levy Konigsberg Partner Moshe Maimon stated:

“Young boys were entrusted into the care and custody of the New Jersey Training School. Instead, they lived in a hotbed of severe and widespread sexual abuse that lasted for decades. The state must end the culture of silence and coverups – and finally take responsibility for its breach of trust. This lawsuit is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the damage caused by a broken juvenile justice system.”

Levy Konigsberg represents over 150 such survivors of sexual abuse at New Jersey’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 New Jersey Training School or other juvenile detention centers in New Jersey, then speak with our team today.

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

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

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