Thursday, February 7, 2008

CALL TO ACTION

For those in the US -

URGENT ACTION ALERT – Tuesday, February 5, 2008 PRESIDENT’S PROPOSED FY ‘09 BUDGET WOULD HARM VICTIMS!!

DEVASTATING CUTS TO THE ‘08 BUDGET ARE ALREADY FORCING PROGRAMS TO TURN VICTIMS AWAY!!

TAKE ACTION NOW TO SAVE LIVES BY INCREASING VAWA & FVPSA FUNDING AND RAISING THE VOCA CAP!!

THE SITUATION
The Fiscal Year (FY) ‘08 budget passed by Congress in December, 2007 included staggering cuts to the Victims of Crime Act Fund (VOCA) – the impact is now being felt by victim service providers across the country who have lost core funding.

Yesterday, the President announced his FY ‘09 Federal Budget. If enacted it would be devastating for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

It proposes:

* A decimating $120 million cut from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA);

* Maintaining $122.6 million for the Family Violence Prevention Services and Act (FVPSA) $52.4 million less than its authorized amount;

* Institutionalizing FY ‘08’s devastating $35 million cut to the Victims of Crime Act (V0CA) Fund cap; and

* The ELIMINATION of the VOCA Fund – a $2 billion loss!

If passed, the President’s budget would catastrophically compound the $35 million cut to VOCA, the probable additional administrative cuts of $41.3 million to VOCA, and the cuts to VAWA and FVPSA. The President’s proposal would further endanger victims’ lives since the current budget cuts are already forcing programs to scramble to continue to be lifelines for millions of victims across this country.

Learn more about the cuts here: http://www.nnedv.org/docs/Policy/FY08Recap.pdf

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The President’s budget is only the first step in the appropriations process.

Your actions RIGHT NOW are crucial in order to secure needed funding for essential VAWA programs, FVPSA and the VOCA Fund.

Learn more about the appropriations process here: http://www.nnedv.org/pdf/BudgetandAppropriationsOverview.pdf

Join in our national VAWA, FVPSA and VOCA call-in week starting today!

Call your Members of Congress on NNEDV’s toll-free number

1.888.256.7413

To find your Senators and Representatives names, go to: www.senate.gov or www.house.gov

Call the toll-free number and ask for your member of Congress. Tell your Member of Congress:

* “Hello, my name is ____and I am a constituent, from (include your state and town or zip____).”
* “In the Fiscal Year ‘09 Congressional Budget, I urge you to:
-- Fully fund the Violence Against Women Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act;
-- Raise the Victims of Crime Act Fund Cap to $717 million; and
-- Protect the Victims of Crime Act from elimination.”
* “Thank you.”

Passionate advocates making phones ring off the hook in the Capitol will send a clear message to our Congress: You must fulfill the promises of VAWA, FVPSA and VOCA!

Never called your Senators or Representatives before? Don't worry, it's easy!

Call 1-888-256-7413 to be connected to the Capitol Switchboard. Tell them the name of your Senator/Representative and they will connect you to their office. When you call your Senator or Representative, your call will be answered by a receptionist (often an intern). Tell him or her that you want to leave a message for the Senator or Representative. The receptionist will take down your message. Be sure to speak slowly and clearly so they can write down your message.

Send Your Senators and Representatives a Letter

Personalize and send (fax or email) the letter below to your Senators and Representatives. Let’s make sure our Members of Congress know that VAWA, FVPSA and VOCA save lives!

Sample Letter: http://www.nnedv.org/docs/Policy/SampleLetter-LocalPrograms-FY09.doc

The more personal and descriptive you can be in these letters, the better. Members of Congress are interested in learning about how these federal dollars impact their local constituents. The letter is designed for local programs and should be printed on organizational letterhead. If you are an individual, simply delete references to "programs" and talk about why this issue is important to you and your community.

Find email and fax information for your Members of Congress through www.senate.gov or www.house.gov

10 comments:

April_optimist said...

How appalling! Thanks for posting this!

PS Love the shirt slogans in your blog post before this one.

Sean said...

A lot of VAWA money goes to supporting fraudulent claims of abuse by immigrants to receive fast track U.S. residency. I'm not against VAWA, but there should be safeguards in place to prevent immigrants from abusing VAWA solely for the purpose of become a resident of the U.S.

See: http://www.marthasullivanlaw.com for more details.

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Enola said...

Thanks for your comment Sean. Not sure if you've been a lurker on my blog before, but if not, you may not realize that I'm a US attorney who specializes in domestic law, and particularly domestic violence. I serve on our local domestic violence, battered women's shelter and rape crisis board. I've, unfortunately, seen many cases, like yours, where the DV process is used to gain an edge in a custody proceeding or property. However, that is still the rarity. Cutting of VAWA money means that the grants my agency receives will be cut. It means we will have to fire a rape crisis manager and/or a court advocate for our victims. While I am absolutely in favor of curbing abuse by illegal immigrants, cutting the funding is not the way to do it. Like you said, implementing safeguards is a necessity. I would strongly urge anyone concerned with illegal abuse of VAWA to write their Congressperson and advocate for implementing safeguards - but NOT for cutting funding.

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Enola said...

I'm closing comments on this one and enabling comment moderation. I'm tired of the spam. And I had some people posting way too many personal details here - if you want to disclose your personal details on your own site, go right ahead. But I won't do it here on my blog.

If you don't want to support VAWA, contact your legislature and tell them why. Most of the readers of this blog, as well as myself, have been personally affected by abuse or violence and support this type legislation.

'Nuff said.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thank you, Enola. You’re addressing critical issues here.