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Sex Crimes Are Committed By People From All Walks of Life… and All Tax Brackets

Imagine a white collar criminal. What’s the first picture in your mind? Probably a somewhat well-off man.

Now imagine a car jacker. What’s the first picture in your mind? Probably a younger man.

Now imagine a child molester. What’s the first picture in your mind? Probably a working class man.

Like it or not, we’ve all got pre-conceptions. If we are to be a safer society, we’ve all got to learn to keep those pre-conceptions in check.

We must broaden our minds to include possibilities that initially we’re apt to unthinkingly rule out. (Example: that women can be child molesters too).

This comes to mind as allegations surface that the richest man in South Dakota, T. Denny Sanford, “was investigated for possible possession of child pornography, according to four people familiar with the matter.” According to ProPublica, “Sanford is a major donor to children’s charities and Republican politicians.”

https://www.propublica.org/article/billionaire-t-denny-sanford-was-under-investigation-for-child-pornography

We at Horowitz Law are not making some partisan point here. Nor are we implying that sexual misdeeds are more common in one party or the other. (Nor do we know if Sanford is innocent or guilty.)

What we ARE saying is that sex offenders – whether they go after kids or adults – can be found in every income range. (See Michael Jackson, for instance, and Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly and Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and Bill Cosby and so many others).

Many crimes are so-called ‘crimes of passion,’ as when a spouse comes home early, finding them committing adultery.

Other crimes are more rational, like when an accountant embezzles money to pay for his ailing mom’s expensive cancer treatment.

But sex crimes are different. Most of them are driven by irrational, deep-seated compulsions. And those compulsions can exist within all types of people from all tax brackets.

Most sex offenders, therefore, don’t fall into some easily-identifiable, logical category. They can be young or old, shy or outgoing, tall or short, and of course rich or poor.

We wish this weren’t the case, of course. Because this reality leads to a disturbing conclusion: We’ve ALWAYS got to be alert and vigilant and careful about kids’ safety.

Author Michael Lewis addresses this in his book “Home Game – An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.” He writes: “One of the many surprising things to me about fatherhood is how it has perverted my attitude toward risk. It is true that there are many kinds of risk – emotional, social, financial, physical. But I can’t think of any I enjoy taking more than I did before I had children. There are little risk-averse things I do now that I never did before and little risk-averse feelings that I have now that I never had before.”

If you’re driving an expensive car with the windows down in a somewhat remote but crime-ridden neighborhood, you might want to be extra-cautious.

If you’re dressed “to the nines,” walking in a dark downtown area with few other people around, you might want to be extra-cautious.

But if you’ve got kids, you might want to be extra-cautious NO MATTER where you are or who’s around you.

It’s a daunting job. But it’s our most important job, plain and simple.

Common sense tells us that wealthy folks ARE NOT likely snatch purse snatchers or shoplifters struggling to pay rent or put food on the table.

But some rich people ARE very likely to be sex offenders. No amount of earnings or savings or professional success magically cures the twisted souls who feel compelled to exert power over others through sex. And the skills – interpersonal and professional – that help them get or stay rich also help them seem ‘normal’ and thus win trust and get access to youngsters.

What Can We Learn From the Ghislaine Maxwell Story?

She’s evidently fascinating, for a bunch of reasons.

For starters, she’s hung around with lots of rich, famous people.

She’s apparently wealthy herself.

Her prominent dad died under mysterious circumstances.

As a result, she suddenly came into loads of money.

She moved half way across the globe and re-invented herself.

She was publicly accused of being both a predator and an enabler.

Her sidekick and former boyfriend and benefactor was arrested.  He took his own life while in custody.

Meanwhile, she seemingly disappeared.

As recently as two weeks ago, she was ‘off the grid.’

But law enforcement found and arrested her.

Then, in court, she claimed she has no income.

And she claimed she doesn’t know who bought the home she was living in.

She is of course Ghislaine Maxwell, a close associate of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy serial child molester who spent time with Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew and other high profile society types.

What can we learn from this woman and her sordid history?

First, we are reminded that women can sexually abuse the vulnerable, as well as men.

Second, it’s worth keeping in mind that women can be enablers, just like men, and either ignore or even help facilitate child sex crimes.

Third, not to excuse Maxwell’s misdeeds in any way, but the pull and power and charm of charismatic, individuals can’t be overstated. Many of us get swept up in proximity to power and prominence. We’re enthralled. We let our guard down. And we get temporarily blinded by people who seem to ‘have it all,’ overlooking behavior that would otherwise set off our alarm bells.

That, in turn, can sometimes lead us to actually help them – sometimes inadvertently – commit crimes.

Or, at a minimum, that can lead us to doubt our own experiences and observations, and continually give them the benefit of the doubt.

Fourth, we are reminded that even the seemingly untouchable can be brought down, especially when enough victims speak up and when enough law enforcement commitment and resources are applied.

And finally, we must acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of victims and predators and enablers are NOT rich or famous. Their cases must also get attention. The harm they suffer is just as great. Their suffering must not be ignored or minimized, even though they attract no headlines or media scrum.

We at Horowitz Law have represented victims of Jeffrey Epstein. We’d be glad to help more. But the bulk of our practice centers on the unseen victims. And if you feel unseen or ignored or not worthy, call us. If you feel like your perpetrator is not a ‘big fish’ or ‘big name,’ call us. We want to help you, and every victim of abuse, to get justice, healing and closure, no matter who hurt you.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ABUSE SURVIBORS CAN NOW SEEK COMPENSATION FROM FUND

SURVIVORS OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ABUSE CAN NOW SEEK COMPENSATION FROM FUND

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The Epstein Victims Compensation Fund, authorized by the Probate Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands officially started accepting claims Thursday, June 25, 2020 from alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein, many of whom were girls between 12 and 17 years old at the time. To avoid legal action, attorneys for Epstein’s estate executors first filed a request in November 2019 to pursue a victim compensation fund. It took months of negotiation with several victims’ attorneys to finalize the fund.

According to court documents, the fund administrator, Jordana Feldman, known for her work as the former deputy special master of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, will review claims and determine how much each victim is awarded. At the insistence of the U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George, a child sexual abuse expert, Marci Hamilton, who heads Child USA will be part of the compensation process. 

As long as the estate funds last, there is no cap on the amount available to settle with eligible victims. Feldman said she expects “they will run from the thousands to the millions.” If victims accept compensation, they then waive their right to pursue future legal action against Epstein’s estate. The release doesn’t prevent a criminal case from being brought against anyone complicit in Epstein’s crimes nor does it prevent victims from working with authorities or going public with their story.

“This Program provides victims of Jeffrey Epstein the opportunity to be heard outside the glare of public courtroom proceedings, and to receive acknowledgement by an independent third party as to the legitimacy of their experience and the long-term suffering it has wrought,” Feldman said in a statement.

According to a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands,  from 2001 through 2018, Epstein allegedly transported minor girls to his homes in the US Virgin Islands and forced them into sex work. Charged in a federal criminal case alleging that he ran a sex trafficking enterprise at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, Epstein committed suicide by hanging in a federal detention facility in August 2019 before he could be brought to trial. 

Epstein’s estate was valued in the ballpark of $560 million before the COVID-19 pandemic struck globally. The lawyers for the 70 victims that Feldman has been in contact with “have all expressed that their clients are interested in participating in the program.”

“Treating victims with dignity and respect and providing them with appropriate compensation is central to our work with the Program, even as we recognize that no amount of money will erase the years of pain these victims have endured,” Feldman said.

Victims looking to file a claim with the Epstein Victims Compensation Fund can call the toll-free number 877-312-3055, send an email to claimantservices@epsteinvcp.com or visit the website www.epsteinvcp.com. The fund will accept applications until March 25, 2021.

Horowitz Law is a nationally recognized law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse, and has filed numerous sexual abuse claims on behalf of those who were abused by Jeffrey Epstein. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested, by Jeffrey Epstein contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

 

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What Do You Need to Know About the Compensation Fund for Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims?

On June 25, 2020, the long-awaited fund to compensate victims of Jeffrey Epstein opened.  Claims packets will be mailed to all previously-identified victims.  Those who do not receive packets and believe that they are eligible for the fund will be able to register to participate.  

The totally voluntary and confidential program will be administered by Jordana Feldman, who recently left her appointment as the administrator of the 9/11 Fund to run the Epstein Fund.  The program is modeled after a system created by Washington D.C.-based attorney Ken Feinberg and his business manager, Camille Biros.  The two have administered similar diocesan settlement funds nationwide over the past two years and Horowitz Law has been actively involved in all of them since the very first one opened in New York in 2016.

In the thousands of hours that we have spent working on the claims, we have noticed that our clients, all of whom are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, often ask us similar questions about the independent compensation programs.  We have included some of those questions – and the answers – for you now. 

Question 1:  What is the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program?

The Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program (EVCP) was created from the enormous estate of deceased serial child molester Jeffrey Epstein and is intended to compensate his victims in a confidential, efficient process overseen by the Probate Court.  Jordana Feldman will serve as the administrator of the fund, and she is charged with reviewing each of the claims and determining the monetary amount to be paid to each claimant. 

It is a voluntary program that allows survivors of Epstein’s abuse to participate in a simpler, more streamlined process of resolving their cases than traditional litigation (filing a lawsuit in court).  In similar programs, the efficiency of the process often results in compensation being paid to survivors in a period of a few months, rather than in several years.   

Question:  Who can file a claim in the Epstein VCP? 

The program is open to anyone who was sexually abused (or otherwise subject to sexual misconduct) by Jeffrey Epstein.  This includes anyone who has previously settled a claim against Epstein. This also includes anyone assaulted as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

 The claims will be considered without regard to whether the statute of limitations has expired or not.

If you were sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein, contact us now to discuss your legal options.

Question:  I received the lengthy claims packet in the mail – what do I do now?  

If you have received a packet from the administrators, we strongly encourage you to consult with an attorney before you attempt to submit the packet yourself.  The questions can seem daunting and confusing. An experienced attorney can mean the difference between a very small offer from the fund and a much bigger one.  People who file claims are not typically interviewed by the fund administrators so the claims packet is the one chance survivors have to tell their entire story from start to the present, and even the future, particularly if therapy or counseling will be needed in the future.    

Our attorneys have spent thousands of hours preparing compensation program claims packets for funds across the country.  We have a unique understanding of how to assemble supporting documents and present your case in a manner that gives the claims administrators the best and most complete information necessary to evaluate your claim.  

Question: What is a “claims packet?”

The claims packet is a 10 page form generated by Ms. Feldman’s office.  Typically the packet asks for some basic information about you and your background.  Of course, it also requests information about your sexual abuse experience and how it has affected you. It is these two areas that are the most important to the fund administrators, for various reasons – and that is exactly why you should consult with an attorney before you try to do anything on your own.  We know exactly what information will be helpful to your case.  

Question: I didn’t get a claims packet in the mail but I think I am eligible for the Epstein VCP.  What should I do?

The EVCP does have an open registration period during which anyone who thinks they are eligible to participate in the EVCP can request to do so.  During this very strict – and brief – registration period, the EVCP administrators will verify some preliminary information regarding your eligibility for the fund.  This is generally a routine review of basic facts that results in a claims packet being sent to our office.  

All claims must be registered with the Epstein VCP before February 8, 2021, so it is critical that you contact us soon to discuss your options.

Question: How much money is available in the fund?

According to information provided by the fund administrator, there is no set limit on the amount of money that she will be able to distribute.  According to the fund protocols, the fund will be replenished as needed, with the permission of the probate court, to make sure that all victims have been appropriately compensated.

Question:  I told a police officers about my sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein 15 years ago. I will get a claims packet from the EVCP eventually, right? 

The claims packets were sent to people that the administrator can identify and locate, but the packets may not reach every person, particularly if you have moved from the address you had at the time of your report.  

Unless you receive a claims packet by early July 2020, it is safe to assume that you will need to register your claim in order to participate in the fund.  

Therefore, even if you think you will be sent a packet automatically, we urge you to contact us immediately to make sure that your claim is registered in a timely manner and that a claims packet is generated for you.  If you do not act before the registration deadline, you will lose your chance to participate in the settlement fund forever.

Question: Will anyone find out that I filed an EVCP claim?  

The program is confidential in the sense that neither the fund administrators nor the attorneys for the Estate will disclose any information publicly about those who participate in the program or their sexual abuse experiences.  The amounts paid to survivors are never made public, except as a total amount of settlements paid to the group as a whole.  Your name will never become part of the court record and the general public will not have access to information about the claimants in the fund. 

EVCP Claimants, on the other hand, are not required to maintain such confidentiality and can share their involvement with as many – or as few – people as they would like.      

Question:  Is the Epstein VCP a class action settlement fund?  

The EVCP is not a class action settlement fund – each claim will be evaluated individual and each claimant will receive an individual response from the administrators. Each claim is on its own timetable to a certain extent.  Settlement amounts in these funds vary widely, depending on various factors like the severity of the sexual abuse and its effects on the survivors. That is why having an experienced attorney is critical – we know what information is going to be important to Ms. Feldman and her team.   

CONTACT US TODAY.

The attorneys of Horowitz Law have represented victims of Jeffrey Epstein for more than a decade. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Jeffrey Epstein now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims as part of the settlement of his estate.  

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Prince Andrew’s Refusal to Even Cooperate in Epstein Investigation Sends Wrong Message

Like others accused of sexually assaulting one or more teenagers and young women with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew professes his innocence.

That’s fine.

Now, however, after stonewalling for months, Andrew is refusing to cooperate in the investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s network of enablers, say federal prosecutors.

That’s not fine.

Today in New York, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Prince Andrew has “completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation.”

(In case you’d forgotten: “Epstein, a politically-connected financier, died by suicide last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges,” says NBC News reminds us. And the network reports that “Andrew (denies) allegations he had sex with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein when she was 17 and directed to have sexual relations with the prince. Andrews said that he had no recollection of ever meeting her — despite a widely circulated photograph showing otherwise. . . )
Why are we upset by Andrew’s decision?

Because all of us have a civic duty to lend a hand to law enforcement. That’s especially true when there are credible allegations of sexual violence, harassment or abuse involved.  That’s even more true when one enjoys a position of power and prominence and when one has delayed talking with authorities for months, while dozens or hundreds of wounded women wait for justice. Finally, it’s disturbing in light of Andrew’s prior promises of cooperation. (Frankly, his reversal looks pretty awful for him.)

What does it say to other citizens, in the US and the UK, when someone of Prince Andrew’s statute stiff-arms police and prosecutors?   The full, sordid truth about Epstein and his sick pals will likely never surface. But what’s already surfaced paints men like Andrew in a pretty shocking light. His reversal and refusal makes an already awful situation worse.

We at Horowitz Law hope the feds will now double-down on arrogant Andrew. And we hope every single person (even Epstein’s neighbors and former staffers) who saw, suspected or suffered any wrongdoing by Epstein or his enablers and buddies will call law enforcement immediately.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate Proposes Confidential Claims Program to Compensate Epstein Abuse Victims

Jeffrey Epstein’s estate plans confidential claims program to compensate victims of abuse

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Jeffrey Epstein’s estate is planning to set up a voluntary and confidential “claims resolution program” to award money from the late financier’s fortune to the multiple women he allegedly abused. Epstein, whose estate is valued at about $577 million, died in jail in August while awaiting trial for federal sex trafficking charges.

According to Manhattan federal court papers filed by one of his accusers, lawyers for Mr. Epstein’s estate informed plaintiffs they were planning to seek approval for the victims’ compensation fund from a court in the United States Virgin Islands, where Mr. Epstein filed his will shortly before his death.

Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 in Florida state court, to a charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor. It was estimated that he engaged in sexual activity with at least 30 underage girls. Since Epstein’s death, at least eleven women have made claims against the alleged serial sexual predator.

If you are a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, contact Horowitz Law, a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested, contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.