Kathryn Robb, Executive Director
Kathryn Robb is a lawyer, legislative advocate, and law instructor who has been fighting to pass meaningful child sex abuse legislation for 14 years in multiple jurisdictions. As an outspoken survivor of child sexual abuse, Kathryn continues to use her voice to implement common-sense legislative change. A co-founder of New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, a coalition of organizations, advocates, and sex abuse survivors from across New York. Kathryn worked closely with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, his staff and state legislators to finally pass the New York Child Victims Act, after a 12-year hard-fought battle the bill was signed into law on February 14, 2019. Kathryn is a lawyer by trade specializing in legislative advocacy, sexual abuse laws and SOL reform. Kathryn has spent over 25 years as a law instructor preparing law students for the bar exam in jurisdictions all over the country, she specializes in non-traditional learners and ESL populations. Kathryn is a board member and legislative advocate for the nonprofit Massachusetts Citizens for Children, and she was instrumental in the SOL change to MA General Laws in 2014. She is a member of the Massachusetts bar. Kathryn is also a certified trainer for the MassKids Enough Abuse campaign, training the trainer program.
Kathryn has been involved in local youth sports in her community and has coached basketball at the youth, middle school, high school, and AAU levels. Kathryn is a mother of five, lives with her wife and children in the Boston metro area. She received her Juris Doctor from New England Law| Boston and Master of Science (MS) focused in Clinical Counseling and Applied Psychology from the University of Hartford.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jennifer Freeman has been litigating cases in New York for over thirty years. She is well known as a resolver of disputes and has worked tirelessly at the forefront of groundbreaking legal developments to protect children from sex abuse, child pornography, and victimization. She has obtained countless restitution awards for child sex abuse survivors, and secured reparations for victims of abuse by teachers, family members, Big Brothers, camp personnel, clerics and others. Jennifer has spearheaded numerous confidential mediations and fashioned mass dispute resolution procedures to protect privacy and dignity. Recently, she worked on the landmark Supreme Court decision in US v. Paroline which established for the first time that all participants in the child pornography market were responsible to their victims in damages. She has worked with the National Women’s Law Center and assisted lobbying for statutory change for sex abuse victims in the Amy Vicky Act.
Jennifer graduated from Cornell University and the George Washington National Law Center where she was Editor-in-Chief of the George Washington Journal of Law & Economics. After clerking for the Honorable John R. Brown, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, she began her legal practice at Shearman & Sterling, and later joined the Marsh Law Firm. She has served as Special Master for New York Supreme Court Judge Beatrice Shainswit, a member of the New York Judicial Screening Committee, and a scrivener for the City Bar Association Committee for the Homeless. She has spoken at conferences about sex abuse issues, most recently In Davos, Switzerland, serves on the Board of a Cuban arts organization that supports young Cuban artists, and has fundraised for children’s charities. She is a member of the New York and Texas bars.
Steve Jimenez, award-winning journalist, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, board member of CHILD USAdvocacy, and a survivor of several years of child sex abuse at a Catholic elementary school, has also been a longtime leader in the fight for access to justice for survivors in New York and nationally.
Sarah G. Klein
Sarah Klein is an attorney, an advocate for victims of sexual abuse, and a former competitive gymnast. Sarah is also the first known victim of former Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Larry Nassar, and in July 2018, at the ESPYs, Sarah accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of herself and the hundreds of other survivors of Nassar’s sexual abuse. Prior recipients of the Ashe award include Nelson Mandela, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and Robin Roberts.
Today, Sarah is a widely respected advocate for cultural, political, and legal change. Her op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “I lobbied to change the law after I was abused by Larry Nassar,” caught the attention of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, and she has worked in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and elsewhere for legal reform that will bring survivors healing and justice. Sarah believes that the time has come for the law to impose upon abusers and their enablers, both institutions, and individuals, the legal consequences they deserve.
Sarah is an alumna of Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Entrepreneurship program. She sits on the Board of Directors of CHILD USAdvocacy, an organization committed to protecting children’s civil liberties and keeping children safe from abuse. Sarah resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia and has a three-year-old daughter named Genevieve.
Michael T. Pfau
Seattle attorney Michael T. Pfau has practiced law for 25 years. He has tried over 50 cases to juries, the bench, and arbitration panels. Michael has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million, and he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. In 2012, he obtained an $8 million jury verdict against a Catholic religious order, which is believed to be the largest verdict of its kind in Washington State.
Michael was born in 1964, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Boston College, graduated magna cum laude, and earned a number of other academic honors. After Boston College, Michael attended Michigan law school and graduated in 1991. He has been named a perpetual “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics, receiving that honorable distinction every year since 2003.
While Michael has represented a wide range of clients, including businesses and injured persons, he has dedicated a large part of his practice to representing victims of sexual abuse against sexual predators and the institutions that employ and protect them. Michael has had tremendous success prosecuting claims of sexual abuse in the Pacific Northwest and in other states. In this endeavor, Michael has been lead counsel for hundreds of victims of sexual abuse, and has recovered nearly $100 million dollars for his clients over the past 10 years in lawsuits against the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, the State of Washington, the Boy Scouts of America, and other institutions responsible for sex abuse.
Michael is involved with a number of community activities, and he takes special pride in working with the disadvantaged and with children who have special needs. He and his wife, Heather, have four children, Elena, Michael, Luca, and Alexandra, with whom they spend the majority of their non-working hours.