A compensation fund has been established to benefit survivors who were sexually assaulted by late multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
Eligible individuals include all victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Epstein “regardless of where they were harmed, when they were harmed, whether the claim is time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations, and whether they have previously filed a lawsuit against or settled with Epstein and/or the Estate.”
In recent years, news broke that Epstein had repeatedly abused young women he recruited to his Palm Beach County home. After his death in a jail cell in August 2019, his estate established the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Fund Program to provide financial benefits to those affected by his abuse.
The Palm Beach Post says some experts estimate that Epstein may have abused hundreds of women since the 1990s. Since the fund was established, numerous women have reported their abuse, increasing the initial estimate of Jeffery’s victims. The Palm Beach Post notes that some victims have felt safer coming forward with abuse allegations since Epstein’s death.
A victims’ compensation fund website was established to provide details of the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Fund Program and to provide a way for victims to file benefits claims.
According to the website, the fund is administered separately from the rest of Epstein’s estate, and is administered by Jordana “Jordy” Feldman. CNN explains that Feldman was the deputy special master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, distributing more than $6 billion in compensation.
Now, Epstein’s victims will have a chance at compensation, without a cap on the amount they can receive. Each claim will be reviewed individually by the claims administrators. Any victim or survivor can bring claims for benefits forward, even if a statute of limitations bars them from bringing a lawsuit forward over the allegations.
Compensation is available to those who have already filed lawsuits against Epstein and his estate, as well as those who have not. The victims who have already filed litigation against Epstein can proceed with their legal action while participating in the victims’ compensation program. However, victims who are awarded money will have to drop any lawsuits against Epstein or his estate, should they choose to accept their awarded benefits.
Additionally, the fund invites benefit claims from victims “regardless of where they were harmed” or “when they were harmed.”
The settlement administrator will send Claim Forms and other information about the compensation program to people who have already been determined to be eligible to participate in the program. Those who have not already been identified as a victim can register to participate in the program on the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Fund Program website.
The amount of compensation will depend on the kind of claim made. The website notes that several factors will go into determining how much compensation a victim can claim. Credibility of the alleged abuse will be an important factor, and credibility will be determined on circumstance, documentation and corroborating evidence, among other factors.
The amount of compensation that a victim can receive will also depend on the the extent of the abuse, what kind of abuse was allegedly suffered and the length of time for which the abuse went on. The age of the victim will also be a factor, as well as the physical or psychological injury that a victim suffered.
Palm Beach Post noted that Feldman estimated that compensation could range from “the thousands to the millions,” depending on the circumstances at play.
The Epstein Victims’ Compensation Fund Program website explains that survivors will need to provide information and documentation to support their benefits claims. This might include medical records, or records from psychiatric counseling and therapy. This could also include correspondence about the abuse with family, friends, law enforcement, and others, or legal findings from a court if you previously filed a legal claim.
The website explains that you do not need an attorney to file a claim, but an attorney can file one for you. There is no fee associated with filing a benefits claim, although you may incur fees if you choose to work with a lawyer. The program does not cover these fees, explains the website.
A survivor can request to meet with the claims administrator before or after she makes her decision. This can be done by mail or through the Online Claimant Portal.
If you have not already filed a claim, the deadline to register a new allegation against Epstein or his estate is Feb. 8, 2021.
The deadline to file a claim after already being eligible or after registering a claim is March 25, 2021. Claims will be approved on a rolling basis, explains the site.
All victims/survivors of sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein “regardless of where they were harmed, when they were harmed, whether the claim is time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations, and whether they have previously filed a lawsuit against or settled with Epstein and/or the Estate.”
The benefits will depend on the circumstances of the alleged abuse, but the settlement administrator estimates that benefits provided to some victims could be thousands or millions of dollars.
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Survivors will need to provide information and documentation to support their benefit claims. This might include medical records, or records from psychiatric counseling and therapy. This could also include correspondence about the abuse with family friends, law enforcement, and others, or legal findings from a court if you did file a legal claim.
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Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program
Attn: Jordana H. Feldman, Administrator
1050 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20035
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