March 13, 2019
For the past two years, Weil’s Warsaw office has been representing the Have No Fear Foundation, the only organization in Poland that assists survivors of priest pedophilia.
Partner Anna Frankowska, who has been taking the lead in the representation, recently co-authored a 30-page report, “Violations of Secular and Canon Law by Polish Bishops in the Context of Priests Who Engaged in Sexual Abuse of Minors and Dependents.” On February 20, 2019, during the Vatican Summit on the Protection of Minors, the report was hand-delivered to Pope Francis by the Polish delegation of survivors and activists, of which Ms. Frankowska was a part.
She has been advising Have No Fear in connection with various international matters, as the group is part of Ending Clergy Abuse, an international organization that connects activists and survivors from all over the world. Senior associate Jakub Krzemien has been assisting the foundation in connection with corporate matters.
Ms. Frankowska has also been involved in setting up a country-wide network of attorneys who have agreed to assist survivors in claims for monetary damages against the Catholic Church. She is part of a legislative committee composed of leading lawyers and politicians who are drafting regulations that would set up an independent commission to investigate cases of abuse by church officials and change the applicable statute of limitations that greatly impedes the ability of survivors to sue their alleged abusers and the Church.
The meeting with the Pope has gotten a lot of press coverage, and Ms. Frankowska is especially proud of the fact that due in part to her efforts, survivors of church pedophilia are having a greater voice.