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Justice Department Compensation Fund to Be Split Between 9/11 Responders and Iran Embassy Hostages

The omnibus spending bill Congress passed in December 2015 and President Obama signed included a provision years in the making: $4.4 million in compensation for each American hostage held captive in Iran 35 years ago. The 52 Americans were stationed at the American Embassy in Tehran when Iranian students stormed the building in 1979. The […]

Congress extends Zadroga Health & Compensation Act!

Finally!  Earlier today, Congress officially voted to extend the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.  It wasn’t until 11 p.m. on Tuesday that New York lawmakers and advocates knew for sure that the $1.1 trillion must-pass omnibus spending bill for 2016 actually included a $8.1-billion extension of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. But, Congress […]

Has Your Member of Congress Forgotten 9/11?

As of midnight, September 30, 2015, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act expired. The expiration means that the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund and the WTC Health Program will not be funded beyond October 2016. Does Congress truly intend to abandon thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors who served our country valiantly in […]

Jon Stewart Makes Surprise ‘Daily Show’ Return for 9/11 First Responders

Mike Barasch watched with gratitude as Jon Stewart returned to the Daily Show to shine a light on Congress’ refusal to pass legislation that would extend the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act (including the Victim Compensation Fund). Stewart urged viewers to contact Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Speaker Ryan to urge them to pass […]

Press Conference at Ground Zero to Support Congressional Reps

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Mike Barasch attended a press conference at Ground Zero to support Congressional Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Frank Pallone, Nydia Velázquez, and Steve Israel, all who all criticized recent Republican proposals that would provide an underfunded and temporary extension of the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.  The new Republican […]

Mike Barasch and John Feal Visit Congressman King’s Office in D.C.

Mike Barasch joined John Feal and two dozen first responders in Washington to lobby for a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. A pending bill is sponsored in the House by Congressman Peter King and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Prior to making their rounds, Barasch and Feal visited Mr. King’s office and expressed their appreciation […]

Failure to Reauthorize Zadroga Bill is Congress’ Shame (Editorial)

The Staten Island Advance has published a scathing editorial criticizing hypocritical politicians for failing to support the extension of the Zadroga Act.  With so many first responders and local residents diagnosed with life-threatening cancers that have been linked to the toxic World Trade Center dust, it is a disgrace that Congress hasn’t done the right […]

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 […]

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 […]

DEADLINE: JUST 60 DAYS LEFT FOR ACTIVE AND RETIRED 9/11 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS WITH PROSTATE CANCER TO REGISTER FOR COMPENSATION

Please be aware that there is a critical deadline for all construction workers and first responders who worked at the WTC site. Anyone diagnosed with PROSTATE CANCER between September 11, 2005 and Sept. 11, 2013 must register with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) by October 21, 2015. In fact, anyone with a certified World Trade […]

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