A series of leadership failures traumatized youth and violated their rights at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center (YRTC) in Geneva. The situation grew so dire the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services was forced to shut the facility down. 

Now, a group of young women who were held at the YRTC and one of their mothers is suing to challenge conditions that violated their constitutional rights and federal law. 

The ACLU of Nebraska has joined with Powers Law to represent the group.

Case announcement


Vincent Powers (Powers Law), Scout Richters (ACLU of Nebraska)

Date filed

October 19, 2021


United States District Court for the District of Nebraska (transferred to federal court by state)