NYLAG launched the Holocaust Compensation Assistance Project (H-CAP) in 2000 to provide the survivor community with accurate information and legal assistance regarding compensation and restitution programs, as well as other areas of concern. To date, H-CAP has assisted over 75,000 survivors throughout the United States and from many foreign countries. NYLAG continues to house the only legal program dedicated to working in this area.
Many of the survivors who contact NYLAG live on fixed incomes and are financially unstable. Securing monthly pensions or one-time payments can be crucial to stabilizing their situations. Staff attorneys and trained volunteers, some of whom are also Holocaust survivors, use empathy when dealing with this aging population. When appropriate, H-CAP refers clients to social service agencies and/or other units within NYLAG for services.
At the outset, H-CAP assisted clients with awards from the German Slave Labor Fund, the Swiss Banks Settlement, and the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. Over the years, the program has evolved to encompass a comprehensive appellate practice when survivor claims are erroneously denied and to help survivors access new funding as it becomes available.
H-CAP is currently helping Holocaust survivors access:
- Pensions for voluntary work in ghettos
- A one-time payment for voluntary work in a ghetto
- An ongoing pension from the Article 2 Fund
- A one-time payment from the Hardship Fund