CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S PRISONS SEX ABUSE LAWYERS
Representing Women Sexually Assaulted in California Correctional Facilities
Levy Konigsberg proudly represents hundreds of women who were sexually
assaulted in various prisons, jails and correctional facilities. We are
one of the nation’s leading law firms in sex abuse cases, and have
earned national recognition for our many
lawsuits filed in New York for female inmates. We are using our experience and resources to bring the same caliber of
counsel and representation to current and former inmates in California, too.
If you were sexually abused in a California jail or prison, call (800)
315-3806 now. You could have a limited amount of time to act, so don’t delay.
Experienced Law Firm for California Women’s Prison Abuse Lawsuits
At Levy Konigsberg, our team of California prison sex abuse attorneys is
currently investigating many different sex abuse cases at women’s
prisons in California. We are able to bring a lawsuit against the most
powerful prisons and government institutions. Contact us for the powerful
legal counsel you need to pursue justice and compensation against the
correctional officers who perpetrated sex crimes as well as the prison
system that covered up these offenses.
Sex Abuse at Valley State Prison for Women
In the 1990s, rampant sexual abuse was uncovered at Valley State Prison
for Women (VSPW) due to an investigation by
Amnesty International. Countless female inmates had complained of male prison staff members
who watched them undress and groped them during pat-down searches. There
were also many reports of prison guards using sexually charged language
to humiliate and intimidate inmates, and rampant abuse of inmates by staff.
Sexual abuse of women at VSPW continued to occur throughout the 1990s and
up through 2013, when the prison converted to an all-male facility. Survivors
of sexual abuse at VSPW may still be able to seek financial compensation
based on new laws in California that open new legal pathways for claims
that would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations. It is important
to speak to experienced legal counsel about your legal rights based on
current laws and possible changes in the law that may expand the rights
of adult sexual abuse survivors to seek financial compensation.
Learn more about Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) sex abuse claims.
Sex Abuse of Women at Federal Correctional Institution Dublin
Dozens of women who spent time behind bars at Federal Correctional Institution
(FCI) Dublin have come forward with accusations of sexual abuse and rape.
Abuse was so widespread that it is alleged staff members formed a “rape
club” that was solely formed to sexually abuse and rape inmates.
Yet prison administrators did nothing to protect the women in FCI Dublin.
Since June 2021, five FCI Dublin employees have been charged with sexually abusing inmates in what investigators have called one of the worst documented cases of staff-on-inmate sex abuse in a women’s federal prison. All have pleaded or been found guilty, and several have been sentenced:
- In February 2023, former prison food service foreman Enrique Chavez was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for sexually abusing an inmate in the prison’s food pantry in 2020.
- In December 2022, former FCI Dublin warden Ray Garcia was convicted of molesting inmates and forcing them to pose for nude photos.
- In August 2022, James Theodore Highhouse, who worked as a chaplain at the prison, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexually abusing multiple female inmates.
Female inmates at FCI Dublin are now taking legal action. Even if the sexual
abuse occurred years or decades ago, you should still contact an experienced
attorney to understand your legal rights.
More information about FCI Dublin sexual abuse lawsuits.
More information about FCI Dublin sexual abuse cases and lawsuits:
“Dozens of women detail rape and retaliation at Dublin prison, real
“Federal women’s prison in California fostered culture of abuse,
“Fifth BOP Staffer Arrested in ‘Rape Club’ at California
Sex Abuse at Central California Women’s Facility
Female inmates at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, California, have alleged long-standing incidents of sexual abuse at the prison. Many women have explained that they endured frequent sexual abuse, retaliation for reporting abuse, and a lack of support from prison officials during investigations of their claims. Many of these abuse allegations and human rights violations were documented in a report from the non-profit Prison Law Office in 2016.
In addition to investigations, numerous former inmates have stepped forward to share their stories and seek compensation in civil lawsuits. In October 2023, for example, 29 former CCWF inmates filed suit over claims that they were sexually abused by former Officer Israel Trevino Jr. The lawsuit, which named the state and 100 coworkers of Trevino as defendants, alleged that officials and staff turned a blind eye to Trevino’s misconduct and failed to properly investigate complaints. Trevino had worked at CCWF for over a decade before his was fired in 2018. He has not been charged with any crimes.
A growing number of survivors sexually abused at CCWF are now stepping forward to seek justice under new California laws that allow older claims to go forward. Even if sexual abuse occurred years or decades ago, our team at Levy Konigsberg is available to review your eligibility.
Learn more about CCWF sex abuse lawsuits and how we can help.
More information about CCWF sex abuse lawsuits:
“Documents reveal sexual abuse at California women’s prisons”
“2 female inmates allege they were used as bait to catch predatory
guard at California prison”
Sex Abuse at California Institution for Women
In 2017, three officers at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in
San Bernardino County were accused of sexually assaulting female inmates.
The security officers attempted to use the defense of consent to justify
their actions. However, California law makes it impossible for an inmate
to legally consent to sexual actions with someone who is in a position
of power over them, such as prison guards and administrators. Due to this
legal rule, all women who were sexually abused at the California Institution
for Women could have valid lawsuits to file against the facility for failing
to protect them.
Learn more about
CIW sex abuse lawsuits and how we can help.
Recent Report of Woman Sexually Abused at Metropolitan Detention Center
– Los Angeles
In 2022, a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officer employed at the Metropolitan
Detention Center – Los Angeles (MDC-LA) pled guilty to rape charges.
He had been charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate who was sick
from COVID-19. The BOP officer will be sentenced in 2023 and could face
up to 10 years in prison for the attack.
The incident at MDC-LA is the only case that has been brought to trial.
Yet it was surely not the only sexual assault that occurred on the prison
grounds. Women who have been sexually abused while at MDC-LA are encouraged
to act now and share their stories. Justice and compensation could be
owed to them based on new laws designed to empower sexual assault survivors.
More information about MDC-LA sexual assault cases:
“BOP Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Woman
in Federal Custody in Los Angeles”
“Former guard at LA federal lockup, accused of rape of inmate, pleads
Pattern of Sexual Abuse of Women at San Joaquin County Jail
In late 2021, a California correctional officer was indicted on several
counts of sexual assault against female inmates of San Joaquin County
Jail. He was accused of numerous acts of sexual violence against the inmates,
as well as making attempts to cover up the attacks by the threat of force
or intimidation. Earlier in the year, a separate office at San Joaquin
County Jail was indicted for the sexual assault of several female inmates.
The pattern of sexual assault against female inmates at San Joaquin County
Jail indicates that there is a much larger problem at the jail. It is
believed that intentional ignorance or negligence on behalf of jail administrators
enabled the guards to commit their crimes. New laws in California could
give women who were sexually assaulted at San Joaquin County Jail a legal
avenue to pursue compensation, even if an attack happened years or even
Sex Abuse of Women Reported at Century Regional Detention Facility
Several women who were incarcerated at Century Regional Detention Facility
– Lynwood have brought complaints that allege widespread sexual
assault at the facility. According to the accusations, both guards and
medical staff members “preyed” on the women using “toxic
power dynamics.” To receive the security and medical attention owed
to them, the women had to engage in sexual acts, or face punishments and
humiliation. The Prison Rape Elimination Act prevents consent to occur
between an inmate and a guard or person of authority, so none of the sexual
encounters could be legal, even if consent was argued by the defense.
The power dynamics that enabled the sexual assaults at Century Regional
Detention Facility – Lynwood are important. It is believed that
the assaults could have been covered up by administrators or department
leads. New laws in California may allow lawsuits for sexual assaults that
happened outside the typical statute of limitations for the state. It
is important to learn about your legal rights by contacting experienced
Learn more about
CRDF sex abuse lawsuits and how we can help.
Sex Abuse of Female Inmates at Twin Towers Jail
In May 2013, the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics
(BJS) published findings from a national survey of inmates, which is mandated
under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The survey was conducted
between February 2011 and May 2012 and included more than 94,000 inmates
at 233 state and federal prisons and 358 local jails across the country,
including Twin Towers.
The survey – “Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates” – found that
Twin Towers was among the worst in the nation
when it comes to inmates alleging sexual abuse. Some key findings from the report include:
8% of respondents at Twin Towers complained of “sexual victimization”
– more than twice the national average of 3.2%.
4.4% of the reported incidents of sexual victimization involved deputies
and jail staff – nearly three times the 1.8% national average for
Only five other jails across the country reported higher than 8% of sexual
If you are a former female inmate who was sexually abused by deputies or
staff at Twin Towers Jail, you may be eligible to pursue compensation
– even if the abuse occurred years or decades ago. Levy Konigsberg
is actively investigating
Twin Towers sexual abuse lawsuits from women incarcerated at the facility at any time in the past.
How Our California Prison Sex Abuse Lawyers Can Help
Filing a sex abuse lawsuit against a government entity is extremely difficult.
When the plaintiff is a prisoner or former inmate, the challenges will
be even greater. Levy Konigsberg is here to make sure that women who have
been sexually abused in a California prison has the chance to stand up
for themselves and seek financial compensation. We can handle all parts
of your case and lend our experience and strength to you as we act on
When working on a California prison sex abuse case, we can help with:
Investigating the incident and others at the correctional facility.
Conducting witness and expert interviews.
Creating the claim and completing legal research.
Entering settlement negotiations with the defendant.
Litigating in court when a settlement is not reached.
Call Our California Prison Sex Abuse Attorneys Now
There is no time to lose. If you were sexually assaulted at a California
prison, then you could have a narrow window to file a claim for justice
and compensation. Let Levy Konigsberg and our prison sexual assault lawyers
know what happened by dialing
(800) 315-3806. You can also fill out an
online contact form if you prefer.
California Prison Sex Abuse FAQ
Can I sue if the sexual encounter in prison was consensual? Sexual encounters between inmates and a person of authority, such as guards,
medics, and other staff members, cannot be consensual under the law, even
if both parties admit to allowing the encounter. For this reason, you
likely still have a valid claim if the defendant tries to argue that the
sexual encounter was consensual.
Can I sue if the facility where I was abused closed? New laws in California may allow claims for prison sexual abuse in California
even if the facility that enabled the abuse has been shut down. It is
important to speak to experienced legal counsel to find out about your
Can I sue if I never filed a formal complaint at the prison? Yes, you can pursue a California prison sex abuse lawsuit if you never
filed a formal complaint at the prison. Many of the inmates and former
inmates that we have worked with in the past did not create a formal complaint
due to fear of retaliation.
Can I sue if the guard who abused me was never charged? Yes, the civil lawsuit that you can file and the evidence that you use
in it are not dependent on any criminal justice proceedings against the
offender. In other words, your lawsuit could be valid if the abusive officer
was never charged, or was charged but found not guilty.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline or by submitting an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
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