More brave survivors are continuing to speak out and demand justice after enduring childhood sexual abuse in Maryland juvenile detention centers. Represented by Levy Konigsberg Attorneys Jerome Block and Clark Binkley, 63 men and 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 15 juvenile detention facilities across the state. This brings the total number of individuals bringing claims against the State of Maryland for sexual abuse in the juvenile detention system to 200.
Our legal team has been leading the charge in investigating sexual abuse claims from former juvenile detainees, and have been taking legal action using the Maryland Child Victims Act.
Generations of Maryland’s most vulnerable children have been abused, neglected, and traumatized at the state’s juvenile detention facilities. The dozens of men and women who filed claims today include those who suffered sexual as far back as the 1960s and as recently as the 2010s. The culture of abuse that allowed this to happen endured over the decades despite widespread reports and investigations into poor conditions, violently abusive staff, lack of oversight, and cruel state policies endorsing strip searches and solitary confinement. As a result, untold numbers of children have long suffered in silence.
According to the lawsuit, many different staff at juvenile detention facilities were involved in sexual abuse, such as:
- Correctional/detention officers
- And others
Despite the well-documented abuse of children in the juvenile detention system, 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 many juvenile detention facilities is highlighted in this latest 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 Maryland’s juvenile detention facilities 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 today’s lawsuit filed on behalf of 63 men and women, Levy Konigsberg Partner Jerome Block stated:
“A child who is sent to any juvenile facility should be provided with a safe environment. Instead, our clients were sexually abused as children by State employees that were supposed to keep them safe. The sexual abuse inflicted on our clients was horrific and occurred at juvenile detention facilities throughout the State of Maryland going back many decades.”
In late 2023, Levy Konigsberg filed lawsuits on behalf of more than 80 men and women who had been sexually abused as children at Maryland’s Cheltenham Youth Detention Center, Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center, and Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School. These lawsuits were covered by the Baltimore Sun and the Associated Press, in articles highlighting the stories of the brave survivors whose voices are finally being heard.    .
Levy Konigsberg, and co-counsel Brown Kiely LLP, represent over 400 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 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:
- Backbone Mountain Youth Center
- Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center
- Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School & Structured Shelter Care Program
- Cheltenham Youth Detention Center
- Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center
Please call (800) 315-3806 now and request a free, initial consultation with our firm.