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Cville Victims Plan Lawsuit Four Years After Attack

Integrity First for America

As Charlottesville marks the fourth anniversary of a violent attack by white supremacists, nine people are pressing ahead with a lawsuit against its organizers.

Elizabeth Sines was a law student at UVA when neo-Nazis came to campus and then took hate and violence to downtown Charlottesville.

The memories from those two days will undeniably haunt me for the rest of my life.  I will never forget watching them attack my fellow students or the feeling of running for my life," she says. "I don’t think anything can really prepare you to witness something so horrific.  I remember feeling so helpless, so angry, so frustrated, so scared.”   

But now she’s confident justice will be done thanks to Sines v. Kessler -- a civil suit to begin October 25th in U.S. District Court.

“They must be held accountable not just because Charlottesville deserves justice, but because we have seen – time and time again – that without accountability the cycle of violence, hatred and misinformation continue,” Sines concludes. “Civil litigation works.  It has worked throughout history to disrupt and bankrupt white supremacist groups, and it has already worked in this case.” 

Sines is one of 10 plaintiffs represented by a non-profit called Integrity First for America.