Victims' Rights Amendment introduced
VRA supporters at POMC National Conference
Participants at the National Conference of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) rallied around support for the Federal Constitutional Victims' Rights Amendment. Meeting in Cincinnati, OH, 189 conference attendees signed petitions urging Congress to pass House Joint Resolution 40.
Public Hearing Held
On April 23, 2013, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) and Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA) introduced the bi-partisan Victims Rights Amendment. A press conference annoucing the introduction was held on April 25 followed by a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, chaired by Rep. Franks.
Advocates and supporters of federal victims' constitutional rights are urged to continue contacting their Members of Congress and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors. See the "Dear Colleague" letter asking other Representatives to sign on to the measure for additional information.
"To those who hesitate and shy away from amending our constitution to protect victims, I would say with all due respect, it is a good thing that they were not in the first Congress that provided us with the Bill of Rights; it is good they were not in the 38th Congress that ended slavery, or in the 39th Congress, that asserted rights to equal protection and due process; it is good they were not in the 66th Congress, that extended the right to vote to women; and it's good they were not in the 87th Congress that ended the poll tax. You see, throughout the long course of our history, great injustices in America have ended with constitutional justice."
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery,
Sign NVCAP Petition!NVCAP has started an online petition for everyone to register their support for a Federal Victims' Rights Amendment. Tell your friends, family and other victim advocates to sign on for Victims' Rights.
Hawaii Amendment Making Rapid Progress
On March 1, 2013, the Hawaii State Senate unanimously passed the proposed state victims' rights Constitutional amendment. SB 509 [PDF], was introduced on January 18, 2013 by Hawaii state senator Rosalyn Baker to guarantee specific rights to crime victims and their immediate family members. The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor held a public hearing on February 7, 2013 and voted to recommend passage of the proposal with no amendments. The measure now goes to the House where it has been referred to three committees. The House Committee on Public Safety is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 14, 2013
Read Kim Goldman's Blog
"Wanna Make History?"
Watch the Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) video on why we need a Victims' Rights Constitutional Amendment
Read the article on Gordon and Elaine Rondeau's support for a federal Vicitms' Rights Amendment.
NVCAP invites its partners from our earlier campaigns, the large community of victims' advocates, and every citizen to join us once again as we move forward together in the cause of victim justice. How fitting it would be, during this 30th anniversary of the President's Task Force, to finally heed its call for justice.
Phoenix School of Law's Phoenix Law Review's April 9, 2012 "Special Edition: A Proposed Crime Victims' Amendment to the Constitution" will feature a series of articles examining the proposed Victims' Rights Amendment. View the articles here.
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