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Tina M. Tchen quoted in CNN article, “Time's Up legal defense fund takes on 1,000 cases”


Tina Tchen

Tina M. Tchen was quoted on March 1, 2018 in a CNN article, “Time's Up legal defense fund takes on 1,000 cases,” which discussed the Time’s Up legal defense fund and the 1,600 requests for legal aid. The article stated, “The campaign, launched in January by some of Hollywood's most powerful women to combat sexual harassment across industries, has raised $21 million for its legal defense fund. Tina Tchen, who served as the chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama, is co-leading the group's legal aid efforts. Tchen told CNN they've received more than 1,600 requests for legal support, administered by the National Women's Law Center, since January 1.”

Tchen added, “About a thousand of those folks are already linked up with lawyers. But the remaining 600 are in the process of getting connected to lawyers. Although $21 million sounds like a lot, it's not nearly enough. We've recruited lawyers and a lot of these lawyers and public relations professionals are going to do this work pro bono and continue to represent people for free, but we also know the need is great and not every lawyer can afford to give free legal services away. Anybody who's been involved in court cases and litigation knows that $21 million -- as much as that is -- isn't enough, especially as we're getting thousands of requests for help.” She also addressed how to keep up the momentum of the movement and noted, “We need to just keep bringing these stories forward, and we need to keep talking about workplaces that need to change and lifting up employers that are doing a good job. We know the current laws aren't adequate to protect all workers. There are clearly going to have to be some public policy changes.”

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