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The Victim Compensation Fund is closing on October 3, 2016. We need your help now to extend it.

VCF Awards Likely to Be Cut by 60% Unless You Take Action to Contact Congressmen Outside of the New York Area. “I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed for our country.” That’s how Jon Stewart described the failure of Congress to extend health and compensation programs for 9/11 first responders and survivors – 33,000 of whom are suffering […]

Are EMS Workers the Forgotten 9/11 Responders?

The legendary heroism of FDNY firefighters, Port Authority police and NYPD officers has cast a long shadow over the events of September 11th, 2001. At times, it seems as though emergency medical service workers have gotten lost in that shadow. Nevertheless, eight EMS workers were lost that day and many more continue to suffer physically […]

Dropping the “Disorder” in Post-Traumatic Stress

Many 9/11 responders have suffered from PTSD in the days, months and years after the attacks. But if certain people in Washington have their way, the diagnosis might change to PTS. According to the Washington Post, a movement is afoot in the nation’s capital to change the way politicians and veterans’ advocates talk about post-traumatic […]

Voices of September 11th Information Forum

Attorneys Mike Barasch and Noah Kushlefsky were invited to speak at a Voices of September 11th Forum.  They joined the  Victim Compensation Fund’s (VCF) Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, and the VCF’s NY Director Fran Gottfried.  The four discussed the progress that the VCF has made since Congress passed the Zadroga Health & Compensation Act in […]

Mike Barasch and Joe Zadroga joined Congressional Representatives Maloney, Nadler, King, as well as dozens of sick 9/11 responders at Ground Zero to urge Congress to extend the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and make it permanent.

First responders suffering with cancers, respiratory problems, and other illnesses say people will die if 9/11 health and compensation programs expire:  Joe Zadroga, father of NYPD Detective James Zadroga Without Congressional action, the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund will expire next year, leaving over 70,000 9/11 responders and survivors in […]

Mike Barasch attended a press conference at Ground Zero to bring the WTC Zadroga extension bill to a vote

Mike Barasch attended a press conference at Ground Zero where several NY area Congressmen urged their colleagues—particularly House Republican leaders—to bring the WTC Zadroga extension bill to a vote. Barasch joined politicians, union leaders and dozens of responders to urge passage.  Several survivors, including Barasch’s client Joe Zadroga, spoke of the health and financial hardships […]

State Extends Sept. 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for Five Years

On July 7, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill extending the Sept. 11th Worker Protection Task Force for another five years. Sponsors of the legislation cited the positive role of the Task Force in helping those afflicted with disabilities after working at the World Trade Center in the wake of the 2001 […]

9/11-Related Cancer Causes Death of Deputy Marshal

Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro died June 14 of cancer reportedly connected to his work as a first responder on and immediately after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The World Trade Center Health Program had previously deemed Toro’s illness to be a direct result of his work at Ground Zero. Due to the […]

9/11 Beams Removed from Auction List

On June 16, a monument constructed from pieces of the World Trade Center was removed from a foreclosure auction list in Salem, Virginia. The decision to remove the monument came after activists called media attention to the proposed auction. Activists included relatives of deceased New York firefighters and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. The monument features […]

What Types of Illnesses Have 9/11 First Responders Developed?

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many firefighters, police offers, public workers and everyday citizens rushed to Ground Zero to help search for and rescue survivors. As time has passed, many first responders have developed severe illnesses from 9/11-related work. The following are several types of illness first responders are at a significant […]


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