Cari Simon graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude. Ms. Simon was the President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Following law school, Ms. Simon clerked for Judge Morgan Christen of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then served as the inaugural fellow at the Harvard Law School Gender Program where she represented victims of campus sexual assault in the Title IX context. For several years prior to law school, Ms. Simon worked on Capitol Hill, including as the director of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus.
Ms. Simon has partnered with NCVBA to provide advanced legal training on Title IX and school sexual violence to United States Attorneys General across the country. Ms. Simon is a leader in the national movement to address campus sexual assault, serving on the Board of Know Your IX and the Advisory Council of the National Crime Victims Law Institute, and working closely with the National Women’s Law Center, Public Justice, and the United States Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women among others. Ms. Simon trains campus advocates nationally as a National Organization for Victim Assistance faculty member and serves on the End Sexual Violence in Education Leadership Council. Ms. Simon also regularly presents for the Denver Rape Crisis Center’s 40-hour required training of all Denver hotline volunteers.
Recently, Ms. Simon has taken action in the “End The Backlog” Movement and successfully prevented the destruction of a rape kit in Washington D.C. and preserved & maintained another in Chicago, IL. It is estimated that thousands of rape kits sit on shelves and go untested in police departments and crime lab storage facilities across the country — known as the rape kit backlog. Undergoing a rape kit is extremely hard on victims and to have it sit untested or destroyed means that the healing and justice sought by a sexual violence survivor cannot begin. Ms. Simon has successfully assisted survivors in determining where their rape kits are located, prevented their destruction and ensured their maintenance into the future.
Ms. Simon is a member of the California Bar.
Ms. Simon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org