By Ann Marie Ronsman, CASA Child Advocates Executive Director
Grants from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) provide a significant amount of our annual budget. Please see the information below as continued federal funding of VOCA is critical to the work that CASA does across the country, as well as right here in Montgomery County. They are looking at a potential 40% reduction in funding in two years – which means all CASA programs would see that reduction as well.
Will you ask Congress to support fixes to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)?
The VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (VOCA Fix Act) has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. National CASA/GAL Association signed on to a letter urging Members of Congress to take immediate action to pass the bill and prevent devastating cuts to federal VOCA funding for victim service programs. The bill has strong bipartisan support as well as the support of the wider stakeholder and advocacy community. The provisions in the VOCA Fix Act will greatly benefit over 500 CASA and GAL state organizations and local programs currently receiving VOCA funding. Now we need your help to get Congress to pass these measures into law!
Visit our grassroots advocacy page to read more information that outlines the fixes and why they are important to CASA/GAL state organizations and local programs, and most importantly, the children and families served.
We encourage you to share the link with your family and friends to learn more about the VOCA Fix Act and to send a message to Members of Congress.
Thank you very much for your support!