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Additional sex offender measures introduced in Congress

6/16/05 Update from the National Center for Victims of Crime reports that "Several more bills addressing sex offenders have been introduced in Congress: On June 8, Rep. Mark Green (R-WI) introduced two bills: H.R. 2796, which would expand the use of DNA to identify and prosecute sex offenders, and H.R. 2797, which would amend the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act by extending registration requirements to juvenile sex offenders. Congressman Michael R. McNulty (D -NY) introduced H.R. 2814 to require that no federal funds may be expended for the payment or reimbursement of a drug that is prescribed to a sex offender for the treatment of sexual or erectile dysfunction. On June 9, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced S. 1220, legislation to assist law enforcement in their efforts to recover missing children and to strengthen the standards for state sex offender registration programs."

Violence Against Women Act of 2005 introduced in Congress

6/16/05 Update from the National Center for Victims of Crime reports that the "Violence Against Women Act of 2005 introduced in House and Senate. A bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been introduced in the House and Senate. In the House, Representatives Mark Green (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), Hilda Solis (D-CA), and a host of others introduced H.R. 2876 on June 14. Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Arlen Specter (R-PA), with several of their colleagues introduced the Senate version (S. 1197) on June 8. Both bills, known as VAWA 2005, would strengthen and expand existing programs; increase attention to the needs of communities of color, teen victims, tribal communities, and immigrant victims; and increase efforts to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence."

Find out if your senator and congresspersons support the fund?

These Senators and Congresspersons have publicly announced their support of the Crime Victims Fund and opposition to the Administration's attempt to rescind the Fund. Click on the link above to see if your Senator and Congressman support the fund. Don't see them on the list? Please send them an email, letter or call them and ask for their support. Thanks!

Contact your senator and congresspersons

You can help! Contact members of congressional delegations to prevent loss of $1.2 billion in the Crime Victims Fund for future victim services. It is especially important that members of the Appropriations Subcommittees with jurisdiction over VOCA hear from their constituents how important VOCA is to serving crime victims. Senators and Congresspersons are now on recess so this is an excellent time to contact them while they are in their district. Click on "Contact your senator and congresspersons" and pick up the phone and call! Send an email!

Save the Crime Victims Fund

Having just observed the 20th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and its hallmark feature, the Crime Victims Fund, that relies on criminal fines, forfeitures and assessments instead of taxpayer dollars to support victim services, the Administration is proposing rescission of the Crime Victims Fund as part of its FY 2006 budget. That would mean no funds will be available at the start of FY 2007 putting essential funding for some 4,400 direct services programs in serious jeopardy.