Rewards for Justice Fund Established to Aid War Against Terrorism

(Washington, D.C.) - In the wake of the deadly terrorist strikes of September 11, federal officials have authorized a vital new initiative in the war against terrorism: the creation of a new non-profit charitable organization that seeks donations from private citizens to aid in the search, arrest and conviction of terrorist suspects around the globe.

Donations to the Rewards for Justice Fund will be forwarded directly to the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program, which uses reward dollars to identify and apprehend individuals who are planning, or have committed, terrorist acts. The 501 (c)(3) charitable group has been authorized by the U.S. Department of State. The Fund was launched October 1 on NBC’s Today show by founder Joe Rutledge.

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. played an important role in helping launch the non-profit, working closely with the founders of the Rewards for Justice Fund. A team of attorneys continues to provide pro bono legal counsel, including Dan Glickman, a partner in the firm and former member of Congress who chaired the House Intelligence Committee; Toby Gati, who served as special assistant to President Clinton and as a senior director of the National Security Council; and Barney Skladany, a partner in the firm’s public law and policy practice group.

“Like so many Americans, we at Akin Gump felt an overwhelming desire to help bring these cowardly terrorists to justice and give some measure of peace to the victims’ families,” said Mr. Glickman. “We share the determination of our fellow citizens in finding and punishing the perpetrators of these wicked acts.”

“The Rewards for Justice Fund will yield substantial new funding in the fight against terrorism, and it serves as a reminder to the world that Americans are prepared to fund the pursuit and prosecution of terrorists, no matter the cost,” Mr. Glickman continued. “Our firm is honored to be involved with this worthy endeavor and we have pledged to devote our legal expertise, now and in the future, to help the Fund see that justice is served.” All donations made to the Rewards for Justice Fund are fully tax deductible. For more information, please visit the Fund’s Web site at www.rewardsfund.org. For more information on the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program, go to www.dssrewards.net.

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