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CV for JW Child Custody
1. Work Experience: Since 2001, JWCC and its associates have worked
assisting child custody cases internationally. We have been involved with many
cases regarding custody and various legal issues involving Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Advocates with our organization have worked as National Director in religious
research and child protection organizations, specializing in the sociological,
historical, doctrinal teachings, and policies of Jehovah's Witnesses. They also
serve on the board of directors for Silentlambs, Inc., The Healing Alliance, Rescue
and Recovery International, assisting survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
2. Familiarity with Jehovah's Witnesses: Associates with JWCC have
extensive personal experience with the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. They go
as far back as third-generation members with experience as Ministerial Servant,
Elder, Congregation Coordinator, Bethel Service, and Pioneering, have given
lectures at Circuit and Regional Conventions, chaired building committees for
new “Kingdom Hall” construction, Quick-Builds, (four day Kingdom Hall
construction) as well as most administrative positions within the Jehovah’s
Witness organization. JWCC is qualified to testify in court regarding the lifestyles
and practices of Jehovah's Witnesses, with issues they have personally
experienced in their various capacities.
3. Education: The particular areas of research and expertise regarding
Jehovah's Witnesses religion is a highly specialized area of study for which no
higher institution presently offers training or degrees.
4. Authorship: Our expert witnesses have been quoted and published articles
in newspapers and magazines including Newsweek, New York Times and
Christianity Today. They have authored numerous articles and assisted
documentaries on the subject of Jehovah's Witnesses, historical and doctrinal
5. Research: JWCC in order to accomplish accurate research into the beliefs
and practices of Jehovah's Witnesses, since 1962 has accumulated a
comprehensive collection of their official publications, from which we do research
for the courts. Our research is based primarily on the reading of numerous books,
magazines and internal documents published and written by Jehovah's
Witnesses (the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Brooklyn, NY), and
numerous court cases in which Jehovah's Witnesses testified as to their lifestyle
Since 1970, we have interviewed thousands Jehovah's Witnesses and former
Jehovah's Witnesses who have added to our knowledge of their beliefs and
practices. Without exception, Jehovah's Witnesses testifying in court as to their
lifestyle have agreed with the practices as described by those Witnesses and ex-
Witnesses whom we have interviewed.
6. Major Endorsements:
a. JWCC associates have been interviewed as experts in the
development of over twenty programs on Jehovah’s Witness beliefs,
practices and abuse, they have made several appearances in radio
and on television including CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX Networks and
interviewed in an extensive exposé on the NBC Dateline, 60 minutes,
BBC Panorama, CBC Fifth Estate programs including eight different
countries which include the BBC, CBC, WDR, STV. The programs
have shown in over fifty countries around the world.
b. Jeffrey R. Anderson, attorney in St. Paul, Minnesota, who has
pursued over 500 sexual abuse cases against churches of all
denominations in the last 20 years. Anderson stated in a newspaper
interview for Wired News Washington DC, 5-25-02, referring to William
H. Bowen, (JWCC associate) "He has a key understanding of the inner
workings of Jehovah's Witnesses. He has been enormously
instrumental in giving refuge and information to survivors looking
desperately for resources they can trust."
c. Testified before the European Commission in Belgium on the
function and practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2008.
d. Met and provided expert testimony before the French National
Assembly in September 2008 on the function and practices of Jehovah’
s Witnesses as their policies apply to abuse of women and children.
e. Personal meeting with attaché to French Prime Minister Georges
Fenech to provide consultation on Jehovah’s Witnesses in France.
f. Served as spokesman for ADFI a human rights organization based in
France on the function and practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
g. The leading counter-cult and research organizations recognize
JWCC associate writings as documentary evidence on the lifestyle of
Jehovah's Witnesses. Numerous other authors have referred to our
studies on the Jehovah's Witnesses, our information is linked up to
one thousand websites on the internet and over five hundred news
h. Testified before the Religious News Writers Conference in 2013 as
an expert in Jehovah's Witness practices
7. Consultation and Testimony as an Expert Witness:
a. Consulted on numerous legal and child custody disputes, and as an expert
on the religion known as Jehovah's Witnesses and assisted depositions
involving custody issues.
b. Consulted on cases involving tax evasion and wrongful death, one of which
resulted in the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, which is the umbrella
organization over 6 million Witnesses worldwide, paying the estate of Frances
Coughlin $1.55 million dollars rather than let a jury decide the wrongful death
lawsuit, in State of Connecticut Superior Court at Milford (CV-00-0072183 S).
c. Instrumental in attracting the attention to legal aspect of not reporting the
crime of child rape in a religious setting. JWCC consulted and assisted in the
development of the first civil lawsuits to be filed against Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Since 2001 there have been around seventy lawsuits filed in a series of civil
litigation on the mishandling of child abuse against the home office of
d. Our testimony in 2012 brought forth the largest payment to an abuse
survivor in California. In June, 2012, 28 million dollars was awarded to
Candace Conti for her abuse as a Jehovah's Witness child.
e. Our assistance and testimony resulted in an estimated 25-30 million dollar
settlement for seven California JW abuse survivors in May 2012. Letter of
f. Testimony in custody cases resulted in 100 % custody for non JW fathers
and mothers in multiple states and saved thousands of dollars in legal fees.