Public Justice’s Illuminating Injustice Award was designed to help those who have suffered a significant injury, but received only a partial recovery.
The 2017 winner was Jessica Simpkins, who received the award at the Gala & Awards Dinner in July in Boston. 15-year-old Jessica was twice raped by her pastor at Sunbury Grace Brethren Church in Ohio. When she sued the church for covering up their knowledge of the pastor’s history of sexual assault, a jury awarded her more than $3.6 million. However, under an Ohio law passed in 2005, Jessica was only able to collect a small fraction of the total the jury said she was entitled to. View a video about Jessica’s story here.
The purpose of this award is to highlight just one of the many clients our supporters have represented who suffered a catastrophic injury and for certain legal reasons were unable to get the just compensation they deserved. We hope to raise awareness of these types of unfortunate situations and help these injury victims with additional monetary relief.
Read the unbelievable story of our 2015 Illuminating Injustice recipient, Rosa Moreno, here.
Read the award criteria and make a nomination for the 2019 Illuminating Injustice Award here. The nomination period for the 2018 award has passed, and will be presented at our 2018 Annual Gala in Denver on July 9.