As we approach the end of the year, there are current legislative proposals that need to be revised before they are passed by the end of 2020. We are reaching out to our elected officials to ask them to please pass the “deposit fix” before the end of the year to redirect money from criminal settlements into the Crime Victims Fund. Without this revision, the CAC is facing catastrophic cuts to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants. Victim assistance grants may be cut as much as 81% in comparison to 2018 if Congress does not revise these proposals now! To learn more about this and to learn how you and your friends and colleagues can help, please find an excerpt of the following e-mail that was shared with us from the National Children’s Alliance.
“The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fix has yet to be included in any legislative proposals needing passage by the end of the year, so we and our allies are making a specific push for the fix. Please take a minute to contact House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Congress is finalizing its year end funding bill right now, and it must include important provisions to prevent catastrophic cuts to VOCA grants. VOCA grants are being cut every year because VOCA’s non-taxpayer-funded Crime Victims Fund is running out of money due to record low deposits of criminal fines and fees into it. Congress can fix this by passing the “deposits fix” before the end of the year to redirect money from criminal settlements into the Crime Victims Fund (more on the problem and the solution can be found here).
To get the deposits fix over the finish line, we urgently need House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s help—TODAY!
Call Leader McCarthy’s office at 202-225-2915. If you can’t get through on that number, call his district office at 661-327-3611. Use the script below to tell him that this is a crisis and we need him to be a champion for survivors! “My name is [your name], and I am calling from [your location and organization]. Critical victim services, including services for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, drunk driving, and other crimes, are facing catastrophic cuts due to record low deposits into the Crime Victims Fund. On behalf of victims and the programs that serve them around the nation, I am calling to ask Leader McCarthy to be a champion for victims and to prevent an 81% cut to VOCA grants by passing the VOCA deposits fix before the end of the year.”
Background information on the funding crisis and the solution is available right now on our VOCAA Resource page. Contact Denise Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.”