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  • NationSwell: Forgotten Victims

    An investigation by NationSwell looked at county data in six states — Arizona, New Jersey, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas — which showed that thousands of families are denied compensation each year because of the contributory conduct clause. Regulators involved in processing claims say they are just following federal law and that there needs to be top-down change in order for there to be significant progress on the best way to assist financially strapped families. But one victim services group, Every Murder Is Real, based in Philadelphia — i.e. the city with the highest number of compensation claims filed each year in Pennsylvania — is helping families navigate the system and fight for their right to fair treatment.
  • The Marshall Project and Reveal: The Victims Who Don't Count

    In "The Victims Who Don't Count," The Marshall Project and Reveal investigate how every state sets aside money to help crime victims, but seven ban people with criminal records, a policy that mostly impacts black victims and their families.
  • Compensating for Mass Murder

    This business feature examines how U.S. communities distribute the private donations given to help mass shooting survivors and victims’ families and how the lack of a national protocol affects locally-based victim compensation decisions.
  • New York's Finest First Responders

    The First Responders that unhesitatingly dealt with the immediate aftermath of the 911 attacks on New York City discovered, to their dismay, that they too became victims of the Terrorist Attack. Exposure to asbestos and other harmful materials while working on the disaster has caused hundreds of New York's Finest First Responders to face respiratory illnesses including a variety of cancers, as well as depression and PTSD. The Insider Exclusive-New York's Finest First Responders details how the legal team at Sullivan Papain worked tirelessly, and without pay to help create the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in Congress, and then continued their involvement to make it work. As Stephen Cassidy, President of New York's Uniformed Firefighters association said, the team at Sullivan Papain, .. “went well beyond assisting in the creation of the VCF Fund, as they then willingly and successfully undertook, for absolutely no fee, the representation of 362 injured firefighters and families of deceased firefighters who applied to the Fund" and “As a result of their tireless efforts and dedication, Sullivan Papain has recovered over $260 Million from the Fund for injured firefighters and families of fallen firefighters…. all while foregoing millions of dollars in legal fees”
  • Not-so-innocent victims

    When lawmakers created victim compensation laws, they had in mind those caught up in violent crime -- innocent bystanders, battered women and abused children. They did not have these people in mind -- killers, rapists, robbers, drug dealers and other felons. But each year, hundreds of thousands of dollars of victim compensation is paid to those who themselves have created victims.
  • Guilty Victims

    North Carolina's Victim Compensation Fund, designed to reimburse innocent victims for medical and funeral expenses and lost time from work, has paid more than $200,000 to convicted felons. The report profiles one case where the claimant was shot after threatening to shoot and kill his assailant. Claimant had a lengthy criminal history.