Press Release of Senator Crapo
Crapo, Leahy Introduce Crime Victims Reauthorization Bill
Contact: Susan Wheeler
Washington, DC – Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) have introduced legislation to preserve and enhance federal assistance to crime victims under the Victims of Crime Act. The Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act will ensure that victims of crime, through victim service providers around the country, will receive essential services that they need to become survivors and move forward with their lives.
The Crime Victims Fund serves roughly four million crime victims every year, including victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and drunk driving, as well as survivors of homicide victims. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). The Act serves as the primary source of financial support for crime victim services. The Crime Victims Fund is supported by money collected from fines, penalty assessments, bond forfeitures collected from convicted federal offenders, and other collections. It is not supported by taxpayer dollars. Grants are awarded annually by the Department of Justice under a statutory formula.
“These non-taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for taxpayer-funded programs,” said Crapo. “We expect a steady increase over the next five years in this fund and I will aggressively work to make sure these resources go to the people for which they were originally intended. Unfortunately, victims of violence nationwide remain significantly underserved. Congress needs to honor the commitment it made to these victims 25 years ago.”