MCASA E-lert: On 7/14 tell Senator Schumer we need the VOCA Fix

Jul 08th, 2021

Tell Senator Schumer on 7/14 to bring the VOCA Fix legislation to the floor for a vote before the August recess!

Join us next week, on Wednesday, July 14th, in a VOCA Day of Action and tell Senator Schumer to bring the VOCA Fix Act to a vote.

It has been over three months since the House overwhelmingly passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021. 

The federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) helps support our state’s rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, child advocates and child advocacy centers, anti-sex trafficking programs, victim-witness coordinators in State’s Attorneys Offices, programs for homicide survivors, and other programs helping victims of crime throughout Maryland. 

Massive cuts to this funding source over the last few years, and the danger of additional cuts this year, are threatening to end federal support for thousands of Maryland survivors. The state would have to pick up the tab or leave survivors without the help they need. 

On July 14, call, email, or Tweet Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and tell them to prioritize victims and bring the House-passed VOCA Fix Act with no amendments to the floor for a vote immediately. 

Senate Majority Leader Schumer
(202) 224-6542
Email Senator Schumer

Senator Cardin
(202) 224-4524
Email Senator Cardin

Senator Van Hollen
(202) 224-4654
Email Senator Van Hollen

Sample Tweets

.@SenSchumer Don’t leave for recess and leave crime victims behind! Bring the House-passed #VOCAFix to the Floor with no amendments. There’s a #Crisis4Victims. 

.@[Senator] Please ask @SenSchumer to bring the House-passed #VOCAFix to the Floor. Support a clean bill that will help solve the #Crisis4Victims. 

.@[Senator] With each day that passes, millions are left on the table that could help solve the #Crisis4Victims. Don’t let services disappear as advocates are laid off. Pass the House-passed #VOCAFIx with no amendments! 

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