FBI, This Week: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week


April 11, 2019

The FBI commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by recognizing all victims—including members of the Bureau family who died responding to the September 11 terror attacks or as a result of 9/11-related illnesses.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI provides information, support, and other assistance to victims of crimes it investigates through its Victim Services Division.  

The FBI commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by recognizing all victims—including members of the Bureau family who died responding to the September 11 terror attacks or as a result of 9/11-related illnesses.

FBI employee William “Homer” Lewis died in the line of duty earlier this month as a direct result of his work at the Pentagon.

Homer is the 16th FBI employee to lose his life to a 9/11-related illness. Dozens more are sick.

FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich says the lasting impacts of the terror attacks are becoming more apparent every day.

David Bowdich: Many of our own have been impacted with rare forms of cancer. We've lost some of our best, and we're acutely aware of the many others who are ill and who may fall ill in the future.

Halpern: The FBI encourages its law enforcement partners, emergency personnel, and volunteers who responded to 9/11 or assisted with the recovery efforts to register for federal benefits.

This also includes those who worked, lived, or attended school in the New York City disaster area on the day of the attacks and the months that followed.

Learn more about the 9/11 health crisis and victims’ rights at fbi.gov.

With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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