Congressional Briefing: Marsh Law Firm’s Supreme Court Case

Congressional Staff Briefing
Paroline v. United States: Supreme Court Review of Federal Statute Authorizing Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography
Thursday, January 23, 2014
1:30 PM
2226 Rayburn House Office Building

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Crime Victim Law Institute and the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, in coordination with the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, will hold a Congressional Staff Briefing on the Marsh Law Firm’s Supreme Court Case Paroline v. United States: Supreme Court Review of Federal Statute Authorizing Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography.

The Briefing will take place at 1:30 PM in 2226 Rayburn House Office Building.


CORINNE DETTMEIJER-VERMEULEN is the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. The Rapporteur’s main task is to report independently to the Dutch government on the nature and extent of human trafficking and sexual violence against children in the Netherlands, and on the effects of the government policy pursued. She submitted an amicus brief in Paroline that argued that International Law compels nations to support the restoration of child pornography victims.

JESSICA ELLSWORTH, partner at Hogan Lovells, LLP, co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of Senators Hatch, Feinstein, Grassley, Markey, McCain, Murray, and Schumer, who argued that Congress intended child pornography victims to recover the full amount of their losses. She will brief members and staff on the legislative history and intent of the statute under review.

In Paroline v. United States the Supreme Court is considering what, if any, causal relationship or nexus must be established between the conduct of a criminal defendant who viewed and possessed images of child pornography and the harm or damages incurred by the victim contained in those images in order for the victim to recover restitution under 18 U.S.C. §2259.

Please RSVP to Kath Cummins at / 202-467-8743 (o) / 202-590-0837 (c)

Information About the Case

Marsh Law Firm’s Childlaw Blog about restitution.

Google Drive containing all documents filed in the Supreme Court and additional resources

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Landmark Children’s Rights Case

Landmark Children’s Rights Case Now Before the Fifth Circuit

Texas inmate is part of growing child porn trend that has ruined lives

Case Highlights Problems for Child-Porn Victims Seeking Restitution

Texas judge refuses bid to make child porn users pay damages

New York Times Magazine The Price of a Stolen Childhood

American Bar Association Journal Should Those Who Download Child Pornography Pay the Victims?

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