Best Practices for Litigating Child Sex Abuse Civil Cases CLE

When: June 11, 2020, 10:00 am to 12:50 pm ET
Where: Teachable Platform
Join CHILD USA in the first course of a three-part series on litigating child sex abuse cases.
The increase in opportunities for child sex abuse (“CSA”) victims to sue their perpetrators and institutions due to statute of limitations reform across the United States means there are more cases and more opportunities for lawyers. This is an arena that requires special attention to the client and that can be both challenging and rewarding. 
This online CLE series will be informative for attorneys in the field, their new attorneys as they expand, and those considering entering the field, but it will also help those considering whether to take on such clients to understand the nuts and bolts of CSA cases.
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3 hours of total CLE credit (1 credit for ethics/professionalism and 2 credits toward certification in civil trial law). Attorneys from states other than New Jersey can get their credits transferred according to their state’s out-of-state policy.

Annual Awards Celebration

When: October 22, 2020

Where: Crystal Tea Room
Wanamaker Building | 100 E Penn Square #9B | Philadelphia, PA 19107

CHILD USA’s Annual Awards Celebration will be taking place on October 22, 2020. We hope to see you there!




Join us at Smokin’ Betty’s in center city Philadelphia for a deeply discounted happy hour. We’ll have drinks, board games, and novelty merch! All proceeds will go directly to funding our initiatives for child protection.

Where: 116 S 11th St | Philadelphia, PA

When: 5pm – 7pm | December 30th, 2019

Cost for entry: $10 minimum donation

How to purchase your spot:

  • Venmo us at @CHILD-USA
  • Cashapp us at $CHILDUSA
  • Or pay here and under “Tribute Information” please write Holiday Happy Hour.

Game Over Commission Hearing

When: November 4, 2019 at 9:30am – 3:30pm

Where: 3500 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

During our November 4th hearing, the Game Over Commission will listen to those impacted directly and indirectly by Nassar’s crime including survivors, coaches, experts, journalists who covered the Nassar abuse or individuals focused on preventing these actions from happening ever again.

To RSVP and for any questions, please contact Jill Ruck at

Annual Awards Celebration

When: November 7, 2019

Where: Crystal Tea Room
Wanamaker Building | 100 E Penn Square #9B | Philadelphia, PA 19107

CHILD USA’s Annual Awards Celebration will be taking place on November 7, 2019. We hope to see you there!

All Survivors Day

A National day to recognize survivors of sexual abuse and rape

All Survivors Day, November 3rd.

It is an extension of All Saints Day November 1st, and All Souls Day on the 2nd. What follows is All Survivors Day on November 3rd.

Click here for more information.

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Catholic Debate

When: February 28, 2019 | 8:30 PM

Where: The Oxford Union | Frewin Court,

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This House Believes The Catholic Church Can Never Pay For Its Sins

The Catholic Church has overseen decades of physical violence, neglect, and sexual abuse. As the institution struggles to atone for this record, its efforts have included the funding of health, housing and counseling for survivors. But given the gravity of its abuses, can any measures ever be enough? CHILD USA CEO Marci Hamilton argues in opposition.


Screening of Dark Secret

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:00 PM

Where: TBD (University of Pennsylvania Campus)

CHILD USA hosted a screening of dark secret, which covers the clergy sex abuse crisis in Philadelphia. The screening was followed by a discussion with former DA Lynne Abraham, who spearheaded the investigation.


Child Abuse and the Criminal, Civil, and Family Courts

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Where: Bucks County Courthouse

Panels covered: Child Sexual Abuse; Custody & Visitation; Qualifying Experts.

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What: An Athletes and Abuse Symposium to educate the public on the various instances of abuse and neglect that run rampant in sport. The symposium was comprised of four breakout sessions. The first was geared towards youth sports; the second covered high school and college athletics; the third focused on incidence of abuse and neglect among elite or Olympic-level athletes; and the final panel covered professional sports, from the NFL and MLB to the NBA and NHL.

This one-day symposium was the first university event to closely examine athletes and abuse across the spectrum of sports and ages. Leading experts, athletes, officials, and policymakers shined a light on how to change the sports culture that puts children at risk.

Where: Class of 1949 Auditorium (Houston Hall) at the University of Pennsylvania

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
(the day before Penn Relays)

Conveners: Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D.; Marci A. Hamilton, Esq.; Susan B. Sorenson, Ph.D.
Ortner Center | University of Pennsylvania | CHILD USA

This event would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors: 

| Penn School of Social Policy & Practice | Penn School of Arts and Sciences | Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | Penn Athletics | Penn Office of the Provost | Penn School of Nursing | Penn Graduate School of Education | Penn Annenburg School of Communications | Robert A. Fox Leadership Program | Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships | 

In 1995 three young Olympic-hopeful athletes testified at an USA Volleyball ethics hearing  that they had been sexually abused by their coach, Rick Butler.  Butler was one of the winningest volleyball coaches, and the story was picked up by Sports Illustrated.  Although Butler was banned from the sport, over two decades later, he continues to coach teenage girls, including at national tournaments.  

The pattern of successful coaches with power over aspiring athletes repeats itself time and again in all levels of sport.  Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, sports present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports, at all levels, are the latest frontier in the war against child sex abuse and the least studied. 


Athletes and Abuse Symposium
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall
Coffee and light breakfast

Opening Remarks – PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Youth Sports
Moderator: Sara Jaffee, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Steven Berkowitz, M.D., Director, Penn Center for Youth & Family Trauma, Response and Recovery
Patty Dailey Lewis, Esq., Executive Director, Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children
Steve Salem, Executive Director, Cal Ripken, Sr., Foundation
Dan Baum, Executive Director, The Redwood Groups Foundation

High School and College Sports
Moderator: Susan B. Sorenson, Professor of Social Practice, University of Pennsylvania; Director, Ortner Center on Family Violence

Sean V. Burke, Esq., Associate General Counsel, University of Pennsylvania Office of the General Counsel
Ann Coker, Ph.D., MPH, Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair, University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women; Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kentucky
Chris Newlin, MS LPC, Executive Director, National Children’s Advocacy Center
Mary Wilfert, M. Ed., Associate Director, NCAA Sports Science Institute
Kathleen Brown, CRNP, PhD, FAAN

Lunch – Food Trucks Available

Midday Keynote & Book Signing
Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast

Olympic Sports
Moderator: Marci Hamilton, Fox Professor of Practice, University of Pennsylvania; CEO, CHILD USA

Shellie Pfohl, CEO, U.S. Center for SafeSport
Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO, ChampionWomen
Han Xiao, President, USOC Athletes’ Advisory Committee
Steven Ungerleider, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Global Sports Development

Professional Sports
Moderator: Richard J. Gelles, The Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence

Justin Tuck, Former NFL defensive end, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders; Wharton MBA student
Mary Pilon, Contributing writer, Bleacher Report; Bestselling author of The Monopolists
Doug Glanville, Former MLB outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers; Consultant, Baseball Factory; Author of The Game from Where I Stand
Arthur Pincus, Author, The Official Illustrated NHL History; Former VP of Public Relations, NHL

Round Table Discussion with Andrea Kremer, Chief Correspondent for NFL Network

Hors d’Oeuvres Reception

WHYY Panel: From Movement to Movement

DATE: Wed, March 28, 2018 | 7:00 – 8:30p.m.

Moments like the Women’s March, #MeToo and #timesup have evolved into movements of strength and resilience. Women of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and abilities are working towards intersectional change. CHILD USA CEO, Marci Hamilton, is a panelist for this discussion.

Wilkes Lectures

Date: February 27, 2018

CHILD USA CEO and Founder, Marci Hamilton, was featured in a successful discussion on RFRA and interesting social and constitutional issues.

Penn Club in NYC

Date: November 20th, 2017

A holiday party in honor of CHILD USA was hosted at the Penn Club in New York City. Thanks so much to all who attended!

Annual Awards Celebration

Date: November 16th, 2017

CHILD USA hosted its first annual awards celebration at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Check out our video and event recap!

Event recap

ISPCAN Hague Conference

Date: October 1-4, 2017

CHILD USA’s founder, Marci Hamilton, was invited to present at the ISPCAN conference, which focused on Multidisciplinary Interagency Approaches to the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect.





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