36 episodes

Coming from the National Center for Victims of Crime, Parallel Justice is a trauma informed and survivor centered podcast that investigates civil justice sought for criminal acts. Dive into the realities of our criminal justice system alongside expert attorneys who took on the cases that dominated the headlines and changed our society. This is not your typical True Crime show. Parallel Justice is an honest, empowering investigation into how the Justice system actually works, where it fails, and how survivors can seek accountability.


The National Center for Victims of Crime advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims and survivors of crime and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues. To learn more about the National Center for Victims of Crime, visit https://victimsofcrime.org/.

Access a civil justice attorney through the National Crime Victim Bar Association, the nation's first professional association of attorneys and expert witnesses dedicated to helping victims seek justice through the criminal system visit https://victimbar.org/.

Compassionate, confidential support is available through the VictimConnect Resource Center via call, chat or text at https://victimconnect.org/ and 1-855-484-2846.

Parallel Justice National Center for Victims of Crime

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

Coming from the National Center for Victims of Crime, Parallel Justice is a trauma informed and survivor centered podcast that investigates civil justice sought for criminal acts. Dive into the realities of our criminal justice system alongside expert attorneys who took on the cases that dominated the headlines and changed our society. This is not your typical True Crime show. Parallel Justice is an honest, empowering investigation into how the Justice system actually works, where it fails, and how survivors can seek accountability.


The National Center for Victims of Crime advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims and survivors of crime and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues. To learn more about the National Center for Victims of Crime, visit https://victimsofcrime.org/.

Access a civil justice attorney through the National Crime Victim Bar Association, the nation's first professional association of attorneys and expert witnesses dedicated to helping victims seek justice through the criminal system visit https://victimbar.org/.

Compassionate, confidential support is available through the VictimConnect Resource Center via call, chat or text at https://victimconnect.org/ and 1-855-484-2846.

    Remembering Parkland: Lessons for Curbing Mass Violence

    Remembering Parkland: Lessons for Curbing Mass Violence

    In this episode, Renee Williams interviews Michael Haggard,
    managing partner of Haggard Law Firm out
    of Florida, in person. Michael Haggard and his firm have been representing
    crime victims for the last 20 years and played a major role in the cases
    surrounding the 2018 shooting that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in
    Parkland, Florida, where 17 people lost their lives and 17 more were injured.
    Michael Haggard represented three victims from the Parkland
    shooting: student Joaquin Oliver, cross-country coach Scott Beigel, and teacher
    Stacey Lippel. Multiple civil cases resulted from the shooting. The FBI was
    targeted in one for failing to act when they were given a tip about the shooter
    announcing he was going to open fire on the high school the night before it
    happened. Other lawsuits were filed against the school board and the local
    police departments.

    Tune in to learn more about the ongoing cases and the
    lessons that we, as a nation, can learn from what happened in the aftermath of
    this tragic shooting.

    • 38 min
    Miracle Meadows: How Civil Justice Uncovered Decades of Abuse at a West Virginia Boarding School

    Miracle Meadows: How Civil Justice Uncovered Decades of Abuse at a West Virginia Boarding School

    Between 1987 and 2014 countless students were abused at Miracle Meadows, a boarding school in West Virginia. These students often complained, but their complaints were repeatedly dismissed. Join Guy D’Andrea, W. Jesse Forbes, and Scott Long, the attorneys who broke this case, as they discuss what they learned through the course of this case and how it fits in with the larger trend of the “Troubled Teen Industry.”
    More information on Mr. Forbes is available at: https://www.forbeslawwv.com/.
    More information about Mr. D’Andrea is available at: https://laffeybuccikent.com.
    More information about Mr. Long is available at: https://www.handl.com

    • 44 min
    Continuing Revelations: Abuse and the Mormon Church & LDS

    Continuing Revelations: Abuse and the Mormon Church & LDS

    Not many religions are as shrouded in secrecy as the Church
    of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and its progeny. This secrecy cultivates a culture
    that is ripe for abuse to occur. Attorney Peter Janci of Crew Janci LLP represents sexual abuse
    survivors including those abused by LDS and FDLS clergy and rejoins us for this
    episode of the podcast to discuss how the abuse occurs and how we can combat
    it. 
    Sexual violence cases involving LDS churches and others
    associated with Mormonism tend to be discussed less often than similar cases
    against Catholic churches because these crimes are reported less often. The
    extent of abuse that occurs is significant, however. Victims of abuse are
    deterred from reporting sexual crimes due to the insular structure of LDS
    churches and those related as well as the fact that these churches are often
    based in states where court statutes stop victims from being able to take legal
    action.

    Tune in to learn more about the history of sexual violence
    in LDS churches and how abuse is often hidden.

    • 40 min
    The Playbook: Statutes of Limitations

    The Playbook: Statutes of Limitations

    The Catholic church has a go-to playbook to avoid liability
    in child sex abuse cases. Last time, we talked to Jeff Anderson and Mike
    Finnegan, attorneys from Jeff
    Anderson & Associates who represent victims of childhood sexual crimes,
    about how the Catholic church utilizes bankruptcy to avoid helping victims.
    This time, we speak with them again to discuss one other way the Church has
    historically escaped liability—by abusing statutes of limitations.
    Statutes of limitations are time limits that legal claims
    must be filed during in order to become viable cases. They can differ from
    state to state. Statutes of limitations make sense in most personal injury
    cases, but for cases involving child sex abuse, a deadline of a couple of years
    is simply not enough time for many victims to come forward—especially when the
    crime is committed by someone the child thinks they can trust, like a member of
    the clergy. The Catholic church has been known to groom or coerce victims into
    silence until the statute passes, escaping liability completely.

    • 38 min
    The Playbook: How the Church Has Used Bankruptcy to Avoid Liability in Abuse Cases

    The Playbook: How the Church Has Used Bankruptcy to Avoid Liability in Abuse Cases

    The Catholic church has a go-to playbook to avoid liability in child sex abuse cases. Join Renee Williams as she interviews Attorney Jeff Anderson and Attorney Mike Finnegan from Jeff Anderson & Associates, one of the most recognized law firms in the nation that represents victims of childhood sexual abuse, as they discuss how and why the Church uses bankruptcy to avoid helping their victims.
    By filing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Catholic church is able to hide its assets and pay less to abuse survivors while halting all abuse litigation. Consequently, by putting bankruptcy rules and deadlines into place, the organization is even protected from future litigation if more victims were to come forward after the deadline has passed.
    Tune in to listen to Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan as they discuss how the Church gets away with this and what’s being done to fight back on behalf of survivors.

    • 39 min
    Hidden Consequences: Liability for enablers and bystanders in institutional abuse cases

    Hidden Consequences: Liability for enablers and bystanders in institutional abuse cases

    Jerry Sandusky. Larry Nasser. Richard Strauss.  These names are synonymous with abuse.  Less attention is paid to the institutions that protect these predators, and even less to the individuals who knew of abuse every day and choose to not report.  Join law professor Amos Guiora as he explains the harms perpetrated by those who enable abusers.  More information on Professor Guiora is available at: https://faculty.utah.edu/u0586620-AMOS_GUIORA/hm/index.hml.  His book is available at: https://armiesofenablers.com/

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

CT Blue ,

Great Podcast!

I’ve been listening to this series, but was particularly blown away by season 2, episodes 5 and 6, about the Boy Scouts. This was really interesting. I had no idea of the history that led to the Boy Scout bankruptcy. After listening, I, for one, am not sorry to know they went bankrupt!
This is not as polished as some podcast series, but it is thoughtful and factual. Recommended.

phi!ip ,

Toward equity, all justice must be parallel, and..

… Parallel Justice is a means and a great companion to NCVC’s multifaceted approach to trauma informed and survivor centered justice—and healing, of society and self. Parallel Justice promises to advance the vanguard efforts of Susan Herman, as described in her book of the same name, and defined by her actions, in part while at NCVC.

LL 5th ,

Great inside perspective…

… on an area of law that is misunderstood, underused and — far too often — undercut for all the wrong reasons.

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