Jan 152015
 

On average, more than 28 million Americans are victims of crime each year. Violent crimes including assault, rape, robbery and murder account for about 25% of all crime. In addition to the offense itself, the costs to most victims are great. These costs include medical and psychological injuries that may require surgery, rehabilitation and therapy, as well as lost property and wages. The financial cost to society of all crimes has been estimated to be about $350 billion each year. Every state now has a crime victim compensation fund to provide financial assistance to victims and their families, as does our federal government. As of Sept. 2013, the balance of our Crime Victims Fund was nearly $9 billion – financed by federal criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds and other penalties. Victim advocates wish to ensure these funds are used for their intended purpose.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.1624 – Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current crime victim assistance policy and wish to defeat H.R.1624

I support prohibiting the consideration of any legislation that would authorize the use of amounts in the Crime Victims Fund for a purpose not authorized by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, and wish to pass H.R.1624

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Jan 152015
 

About 2 million American children run away from home each year and within 48 hours, one-third of them are recruited into the world of prostitution and pornography. Some of these children come from foster homes. Human trafficking has become the second fastest growing American crime, trailing only the sale of illicit drugs. About half of these trafficking victims are children. Recent cases include children being sold for sex at truck stops, and servants held in captivity to work without wages. At times, perpetrators are gang members or co-students of victims who manipulate their weaknesses and ply them with drugs to force them into sex schemes. The average age for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12. In particular, child pornography is one of the fastest growing U.S. crimes, with arrests increasing 2,500% in the last 11 years.

Pending Legislation:

S.1118 & H.R.2744 – Child Sex Trafficking Data and Response Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current child trafficking policy and wish to defeat S.1118

I support identifying and documenting each foster child who is a victim of sex trafficking, requiring foster homes report within 24 hours, any information on missing or abducted children to law enforcement authorities; certifying a state is identifying and assessing of all reports involving child victims of sex trafficking, including efforts to coordinate with state law enforcement, juvenile justice, and social service agencies such as runaway and homeless youth shelters to serve that population; training child protective services workers about identifying and providing comprehensive services for such children, and wish to pass S.1118 & H.R.2744

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Jan 152015
 

It is said the death of one’s child is unthinkable but not knowing the whereabouts of a child is unimaginable. Yet according to reports, more than 800,000 American children under the age of 18 go missing every year. About 200,000 of these are victims abducted by family members, usually involving a custody matter. Another 58,000 are abducted by non-family members who know the victim and usually target the child for sex. Kidnappings by strangers are also usually committed for this reason. Lately, the vast majority of these children have been returned to their homes due in part to the advent of smart phones and GPS technology. Studies show missing children are more likely to be quickly located if their disappearance is immediately reported. Advocates say the child recovery rate for the most dangerous cases of missing children is now 97% and the rate of all missing children returning home alive is 99%.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.680 – Rilya Wilson Act

I oppose reforming current missing children policy and wish to defeat H.R.680

I support requiring the state child welfare agency to promptly report information on missing or abducted children to law enforcement authorities for entry into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and wish to pass H.R.680

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