Ex-DYS social worker still seeking lawyer to represent her


A former social worker in the Child Protection Unit of the Division of Youth Services is still looking for a lawyer who will represent her in the sexual harassment lawsuit she filed against her then-supervisor in federal court last February.

At a status conference last week, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered the complainant to submit a summary report of all attorneys she contacted.

Manglona said the report should include the names of the lawyers, date of contact, and results.

The complainant was ordered to reach out to three to five attorneys between that hearing until the next scheduled hearing.

Saipan Tribune opted for the meantime to withhold the complainant’s name. She appeared telephonically at the hearing since she is currently in the U.S. mainland.

Manglona denied without prejudice the complainant’s request to appoint a lawyer for her.

Denial without prejudice means the court may grant the complainant’s request for a court-appointed counsel in the future.

Manglona set another status conference for July 17, 2019, at 8:30am.

The complainant is left with no counsel after her first lawyer, Joseph E. Horey, withdrew last March.

Horey agreed with Manglona that the complaint was not served yet on defendant Julian R. Camacho and co-defendants.

Aside from plaintiff’s then-supervisor Camacho, she named as co-defendants the CNMI government, and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs’ DYS.

The plaintiff is suing Camacho for violation of her civil rights, and the CNMI government and DCCA DYS for unlawful employment practices and violation of her civil rights.

She is demanding damages, court costs, and attorney’s fees in unspecified amount.

According to the complaint, plaintiff was employed by the Commonwealth as a social worker in the Child Protection Unit of DYS from December 2012 to May 2014.

Camacho allegedly repeatedly over the course of several months subjected the alleged victim to verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature, including making sexual advances on her.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com
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