The Sununu Youth Services Center (formally known as the Youth Development Center) was supposed to be a facility where juveniles charged with a crime would be detained, counseled, and rehabilitated. Instead, boys and girls were brutalized for decades by State employees whose sole job it was to protect them.
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In January, 2020, we filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to hold the State accountable for decades of physical abuse, sexual abuse, solitary confinement, deprivation of education, and civil rights violations. This lawsuit applies to every person who was ever a resident at any New Hampshire facility, including the Sununu Youth Services Center, YDC, YDSU, ADC, the Tobey School, the Industrial School, the Reform School, and any and all group homes, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. The lawsuit involves over 400 plaintiffs who were housed at these facilities between the ages of 7 and 18 between the years of 1960 and 2018. In May of 2021, the Court declined to certify the class. However, the Court allowed individual lawsuits to be brought against these defendants. We are in the process of filing lawsuits on behalf of all of our clients and are actively pursuing claims for those survivors that continue to come forward.
If you or a loved one was a victim of abuse at one of these facilities, we would like to help you seek justice and compensation.