Cari Simon pioneered rights for sexual assault victims by serving as the inaugural fellow at the Harvard Law School Gender Violence Program and working in the United States Congress as the Director of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus. Her practice focuses on these issues and, more generally, women’s rights.
Ms. Simon has partnered with NCVBA to provide advanced legal training on Title IX and school sexual violence to United States Attorneys General across the country. These efforts are intended to benefit victims by training the prosecutors and government officials they were forced to rely upon when involved in the legal process resulting from sexual violence.
Ms. Simon is a leader in the national movement to address campus sexual assault, serving on the Know Your IX Board, the National Crime Victim Law Institute Advisory Council and working closely with the National Women’s Law Center, Public Justice, and the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, among others. Ms. Simon trains campus advocates nationally as a National Organization for Victim Assistance Faculty Member and serves on the End Sexual Violence in Education Leadership Council. Ms. Simon also regularly presents for the Denver Rape Crisis Center’s 40-hour required training of all Denver hotline volunteers.
Recently, Ms. Simon has taken action in the “End The Backlog” Movement and successfully prevented the destruction of a rape kit in Washington D.C. and preserved & maintained another in Chicago, IL. It is estimated that thousands of rape kits sit on shelves and go untested in police departments and crime lab storage facilities across the country — known as the rape kit backlog. Undergoing a rape kit is extremely hard on victims and to have it sit untested or destroyed means that the healing and justice sought by a sexual violence survivor cannot begin. Ms. Simon has successfully assisted survivors in determining where their rape kits are located, prevented their destruction and ensured their maintenance into the future.
Ms. Simon graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, where she was President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender and Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. Ms. Simon clerked for Judge Morgan Christen of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Simon is a member of the California Bar.