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Time's Up legal defense fund takes on 1,000 cases

Thursday, March 01, 2018

"The women behind Time's Up are making good on their promise.

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... 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.

'About a thousand of those folks are already linked up with lawyers,' Tchen said. 'But the remaining 600 are in the process of getting connected to lawyers.'

    Although $21 million sounds like a lot, Tchen said 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,' Tchen said. '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.'"

    Read the full article here.