Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Action Alert: Help Save Crime Victims Fund

One of the most important things you can do to help victims of crime.


contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and ask them to support "The Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act of 2009."


On Thursday, July 30, 2009, Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Jim Costa (D-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Crime Victim Rights Caucus, introduced H.R. 3402, "The Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act of 2009." This is a companion to S. 1340, introduced in June by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) which would ensure a continued and substantial increase the the amount of Crime Victims Fund to be made available to support critical crime victim services. '


The Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act would establish a minimum VOCA cap through 2014 and still leave a substantial balance in the Fund to ensure ongoing stable services. Both bills specify the minimum amount of the Crime Victims Fund to be allocated in FY 2010 at $705 million and then increases the cap by 23 percent for each of the next four years. By FY 2014, the VOCA cap would be $1.6 billion, an amount that is essential to help meet victims' needs.


Please visit the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators for a fact sheet and complete information about the Act, and then please


contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to encourage their support for this critical bill.


And please cut and paste this request and send it to your colleagues, families and friends -- Congress needs to know how important this bill is to provide continued, stable funding for our important work!

Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW-NYS Young Feminist Task Force Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)

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