Lawsuits Pile Up Against Westchester Youth Home, The Children’s Village

Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 at 9:58 pm    

The Children’s Village has made headlines in the papers recently as victims speak out against the abuse they suffered. 12 plaintiffs have come forward so far, and Hach & Rose, LLP is proud to represent two of these victims. No one should have their innocence stolen from them as children.

Located in White Plains, the 501c3 has been in operation since 1851 serving the community in various capacities that have evolved over the years. Today, their mission is to “work in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities.” The organization removes children from abusive homes and aims to heal their traumas by caring for them on location at their facility in Westchester. Unfortunately, the abuse only continued when children arrived at the Village, and for many it caused more harm than good.

Both of our clients were placed under the custody of The Children’s Village and assigned to live in cottages on the premises. Each cottage held a number of children that were under the care of The Children’s Village, and the cottages were under supervision by Village staff members. While living there, both of our clients were abused by the supervisors in charge of their cottages. One client was groomed with gifts, special privileges, and outings to gain our client’s trust. The supervisors committed the abuse at night, while the children were sleeping, and relied on fear and shame to keep their victims quiet. The victims will suffer trauma for the rest of their lives.

If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse at The Children’s Village, we urge you to contact our firm now. You have stayed silent for so long, but you deserve justice and you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore. Even though the incidents may have occurred many years ago, under the Child Victim’s Act you have until August 14, 2021 to file. Contact our team today at Hach & Rose, LLP for your free and confidential case review.

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