I’ve dedicated my life to promoting justice. As a former prosecutor and criminal court judge, I saw that victims were left out of the criminal justice process and vowed to change this. Victims deserve a voice. I will continue to fight on their and law enforcement’s behalf through the bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC), which I founded with Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) in 2005. 

The goals of the VRC are threefold:

1.  To represent crime victims in the United States through the bipartisan introduction of legislation that reflects their interests, rights, and needs.

2.  To provide an ongoing forum for dialogue between Congress and national victim assistance organizations to enhance mutual education, legislative advocacy, and initiatives that promote justice for all, including crime victims.

3.  To seek opportunities for public education initiatives to help the nation understand the impact of crime on victims, and to encourage their involvement in crime prevention, victim assistance, and community safety.

The VRC has proven to be an effective leader in advocating for crime victims.  Thus far in the 112th Congress, we have hosted numerous briefings on domestic minor sex trafficking, elder abuse, domestic violence, and the impact of trauma on children as well as recognized National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with our annual awards ceremony and policy forum.  Members of the Caucus have taken the lead in protecting programs—including the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) that provides critical support for victim services throughout the nation and were instrumental in the enactment of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act as well as the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act. 

To visit the Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus website, click here: http://vrc.poe.house.gov.  

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