The Digital Assault Defense Fund
is a non-profit 501 c(3) organization focused on providing legal assistance to victims of online harassment and crime. In a world where social media, email, instant messenger and the web are increasingly used to harass, intimidate, blackmail, shame, or seek revenge, victims are often underserved by law enforcement and the justice system still adapting to these 21st century crimes. The Digital Assault Defense Fund provides legal resources for women and men being bullied online. In addition, the DADF provides community outreach and educational presentations for the public and private sector. In order to provide relief and legal aid, the DADF partners with law firms involved with impact litigation and pre-litigation work for victims of online harassment, seeking justice for victims.
One of the law firms we work with is C. A. Goldberg, PLLC in Brooklyn, NY. Carrie Goldberg, ESQ is a victims’ rights attorney who focuses on Internet harassment cases.
She litigates for victims of online harassment, sexual assault and blackmail throughout the country. Her firm, C. A. Goldberg, PLLC, recently expanded to focus on targets of anti-abortion attacks. She is most known for work involving revenge porn and sextortion and fighting for criminal and civil laws on a local, state, and federal level while agitating major tech companies for reform on those issues. The firm has removed over 10,000 of her clients’ intimate images and videos from the Internet that were posted without permission. Carrie has more K-12 Title IX cases under investigation with the U.S. Department of Ed.’s Office for Civil Rights than any other firm in the country. Three of those cases are against the NYC Department of Ed. In them Carrie argues that the NYC DOE demonstrates a pattern of disciplining girls of color after they report being sexually assaulted by a peer. Other notable cases include Herrick v. Grindr, Anonymous v. New York City Department of Education, Jane Does 1-14 v. GirlsDoPorn.com, et al., and representation of the victim in United States v. Juan Thompson. She is on the board of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and a founding member of the New York City Cyber Sexual Abuse Task Force.
The Board of the Digital Assault Defense Fund
Rita Lenane-Massey is an employment attorney at the Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis.
She specializes in employment discrimination and wage-and-hour suits, including large class actions, brought on behalf of employees. She brings an understanding of how discrimination can effect every aspect of a person’s life, including the devastation of their career and professional trajectory. Her experiences ranges from numerous cases on behalf of female professionals and executives at some of the world’s largest investment banks, as well class action lawsuits on behalf of fast food workers, cable technicians and security guards.
Adam G. Massey, Esq. is the Treasurer of the Digital Assault Defense Fund and an Associate at the law firm C.A. Goldberg, PLLC.
Adam joined the pioneering firm, which fights for victims of online harassment, sexual assault and blackmail, as an legal intern in 2014. He joined the firm full time in September of 2015. Adam’s practice focuses on cyberharassment, nonconsensual pornography, domestic violence (often with an online component), sextortion, blackmail, and abortion related litigation. Put another way, Adam sees the impact of Digital Assault on his clients every single day. Adam brings his frontline expertise from fighting the latest forms of Digital Assault to our Board.