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Katherine D.

  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Texas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location Texas
  • Law school Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Issue area Pro se and other legal representation systems, Technology
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Katherine (she/her/hers) will advocate on behalf of survivors of cyber sexual abuse through direct representation, written guidance, education, and policy reform.

Revenge and deepfake pornography affect millions of people yearly, across income levels and ages, and can lead to massive emotional and financial consequences for victims. Currently, there are no major legal providers in Texas who specialize in cyber sexual abuse, particularly deepfake pornography, which is so new that laws against it are in their infancy. Law enforcement, attorneys, and advocates must be trained to face the new types of sexual exploitation that evolve in the digital era. Survivors of cyber sexual abuse, regardless of their income level, need access to legal systems which protect them and remedies for the abuse they have suffered.

Katherine has seen the law’s struggle to keep pace with developing technology, as well as the constantly evolving forms of abuse such technology enables. She is motivated to make sure protective measures for victims progress as quickly as the abusive technology evolves.

Fellowship Plans

To address this issue, Katherine will train Texas law enforcement and a network of volunteer attorneys on how to confront cases of cyber sexual abuse. She will provide direct representation for survivors of internet sexual abuse. She will write a guide for litigating against cyber sexual abuse, which will be published online for use by attorneys as well as pro se litigant-survivors. Finally, she will develop comprehensive policy surrounding deepfake pornography.

I am a woman who grew up in the internet era; I understand the incredible dangers of the internet, and am proud to protect vulnerable individuals from online exploitation

Katherine D /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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