As news reports about accused sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein continue to unfold, it’s become clear that his abuse and exploitation of women and children were more far-reaching, horrific, and unconscionable than even previously believed.
Epstein was charged with sexually exploiting dozens of women and girls in New York and Florida, near the time period of 2002 to 2005. When New York’s Child Victims Act (CVA) went into effect on August 15, 2019, it opened up a one-year window for child abuse survivors to file lawsuits against their abuser(s), even if the statute of limitations had expired. This, in effect, has opened the door for earlier survivors of Epstein’s abuse to file lawsuits against the deceased sex trafficker.
More recently, evidence suggests that Epstein trafficked and abused hundreds of young women and girls on his private Caribbean islands, Little Saint James and Great Saint James, possibly as recently as 2019. He reportedly trafficked so many girls, that he needed to use a computerized database to track their movements and availability, with some of the girls possibly being as young as 11 years old.
While the 66-year-old financier died by suicide in August while awaiting his trial for sex trafficking charges, his victims still await justice. Epstein’s estate, which is valued at more than $500 million, should ultimately be distributed to every single one of his victims. His estate lawyers expect the court approval of a victim-compensation fund, which could be used to expedite compensation to victims in lieu of a lawsuit. Other Epstein victims may wish to pursue their lawsuit and be heard in court.
Hach & Rose, LLP, has the vast experience needed to manage the complexities of a high-profile abuse case. We can advise you about your options, including whether participating in the victim-compensation fund or pursuing a lawsuit may be your best course of action. We can also help you with your case if the New York’s Child Victims Act (CVA) is giving you a second chance at justice.