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"The Invisible War" Documentary Screening, Discussion, and Reception

November 14, 2015 - 11:00am
Speaker/Participants: 
Attorney Susan Burke

Screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary on military sexual assault, "The Invisible War" with Attorney Susan Burke. A Wine and Cheese Reception will be held later that night.

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Screening of the award-winning documentary on military sexual assualt, "The Invisible War"

Alcoa Room - University of Pittsburgh Law School, 3900 Forbes Ave, Pgh 15213

Free bagels and coffee available

Noon - Discussion with Ms. Burke

Alcoa Room - University of Pittsburgh Law School, 3900 Forbes Ave, Pgh 15213

4:30 - 6:30 PM - Reception

1050 Devon Street (off Forbes at CMU) - the home of Ann Sinsheimer, Marvin Sirbu and Patrick Weeks

Please RSVP for the Reception by November 7th: 412-241-8154 or jneffko@aol.com

About Susan Burke:

Ms. Burke has been a major force in exposing and challenging the plague of military sexual assaults. She and her veteran clients are featured in the Academy Award nominated film, “The Invisible War”. In another suit filed in March 2015 (Baldwin v Department of Defense) Ms. Burke and plaintiffs are confronting  the Chain of Command structure of investigating and prosecuting rape cases. The complaint asserts that “The Department permits military officials involved in creating and fostering the sexually hostile environment to control the military judicial process.”  And “As a direct result of Departments failure to operate an impartial system and instead place power in untrained and biased hands, Plaintiffs Baldwin, Rodriguez and Swain are among the thousands of service member survivors who have to endure seeing their rapists go unpunished in any way.”

Ms. Burke has also been lead council or co-council in many other groundbreaking human rights suits. Command structure of investigating and prosecuting rape cases. The complaint asserts that “The Department permits military officials involved in creating and fostering the sexually hostile environment to control the military judicial process.”  And “As a direct result of Departments failure to operate an impartial system and instead place power in untrained and biased hands, Plaintiffs Baldwin, Rodriguez and Swain are among the thousands of service member survivors who have to endure seeing their rapists go unpunished in any way.”

On behalf of Iraqi victims, she successfully took on US defense contractors involved in torture at Abu Ghraib.  She has represented prisoners against excessive force and disabled clients in Baltimore. She was part of a law suit that is credited with reforming the DC Mental Health system. And she has stood toe to toe with the NRA in Philadelphia.

In June of this year, the National Law Journal named her as one of the top 75 female attorneys.

SSAM (Stop Sexual Assault in the Military), a project of the Thomas Merton Center, exists to help inform Pittsburghers of the scourge of military sexual assault and, in collaboration with national efforts, to mobilize support for litigation and legislation to force Congress, the White House and the Military to effectively and swiftly remedy this cruel injustice.

Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh’s Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies Program, National Lawyers Guild Pitt Student Chapter, Women and Girls Foundation and Stop Sexual Assault in the Military (SSAM)

For more information call SSAM at: 412-241-6087

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