The Victims of Crime Act is in peril. VOCA provides essential funding for grants that support direct services for victims of crime, as well as sustaining service providers such as YWCA Mohawk Valley.
VOCA grants are not taxpayer-funded. Instead, they are paid for out of the Crime Victims Fund (CVF), financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders.
Every year, Congress decides how much to release from the CVF, which is ultimately distributed by States.
In the Fiscal Year 2020, the VOCA disbursement, and thus the funding available for victim service providers, decreased by 25%. And victim service providers have been told to expect further potentially catastrophic cuts.
The next few days are critical to save VOCA. Congress is working on the Omnibus Spending Bill over the weekend. Our elected officials need to hear that the next Omnibus Spending Bill must include a permanent fix for VOCA, as well as keep current funding level. Currently, our fix is not yet in the bill.
This is where we need you.
Today and over the weekend, call and email Congressman Anthony Brindisi, Senator Charles Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Ask them to support a permanent fix to make VOCA sustainable and level fund VOCA in any funding bill.
When so many organizations like ours have had to cancel fundraising events and state budgets are compromised by the pandemic, victim service providers cannot sustain any more funding losses.
Congressman Brindisi: brindisi.house.gov/contact | 202.225.3665
Senator Schumer: schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck | 202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me | 202.224.4451
Read more about the proposed VOCA Legislative Fix here.
We need our collective voices to make this happen. Please take a few minutes to make your phone calls and emails today. Urge your friends and family to do the same.
Thank you for supporting our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
YWCA Mohawk Valley