US activist Erin Brockovich to speak at fundraiser

Erin Brockovich, an activist and inspiration for the award-winning biographical film, will speak at a luncheon on March 25 to benefit the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Ms. Brockovich rose to prominence in the mid-1990s when, without formal legal training, she built a case against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for leaking toxic chemicals into her town’s water supply. The chemical, chromium-6, poisoned numerous residents in Hinkley, California. Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of Ms. Brockovich in the 2000 movie.

That case resulted in the largest settlement ever paid in a class-action lawsuit in the U.S., an amount of $333 million.

Ms. Brockovich, who now runs a consulting firm to work on environmental issues, will speak during the luncheon, on the theme “The Power of the Purse,” from noon to 3 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre runs a 24-hour domestic abuse hotline and shelter for women and children escaping violent home situations. The hotline received almost 300 calls last year from people looking for help or advice dealing with domestic violence.

The shelter, which can sleep up to 20 women and children at a time, hosted 42 women and 35 children last year. Families can stay in the shelter for two months and the trained Crisis Centre staff will help them transition to a new, safer living environment.

For ticket information, call Alejandro Ruiz on 945-8188, or email [email protected]

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