Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Advocacy Resources


The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) provides funding for victim services out of the Crime Victims Fund (CVF), and it has become an important source of support for CACs across the country. The money in the fund is all nontax dollars—it comes from fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders.

Unfortunately, the white-collar criminal prosecutions and fines associated with these crimes (which fill the Crime Victims Fund) are at a two-decade low, meaning the CVF has experienced a number of years of concerningly low deposits. At the same time, the need for these services continues to grow. Because of this continued critical need, Congress passed the bipartisan, bicameral VOCA Fix Act in 2021 to help grow the CVF. This new law now directs all penalties/fines collected by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in criminal prosecutions into the CVF. Without the VOCA fix, the deposit in 2021 would have been $550 million, and the deposit in 2022 would have been only $291 million. But even with these additional deposits, the CVF has not yet recovered to be able to fully fund critical and needed services. The VOCA Fix was an important step, but because of the current VOCA landscape, VOCA cuts are still happening.

What you can do

Call, email, and call again: Ask your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on and become a House Co-Sponsor of the Crime Victims Fund Stabilization Act! (This action alert is for the House only! We hope to have a similar alert for the Senate in the coming weeks.)

Find Contact Information for Your Elected Officials and Ask Them to Fix VOCA

Members of Congress pay attention to how many constituents care enough to contact them about an issue, so taking a few minutes to call or email your U.S. representative would be a huge help. 

Questions? Contact National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Director of Government Affairs Denise Edwards at dedwards@nca-online.org

 

About these resources


NCA has collected these resources, created by ourselves and our many expert partners, to help CACs and Chapters advocate for the VOCA resources that are critical to their operations and service delivery to children and families. Your advocacy is important to ensure a permanent source of funding for CAC services. Contact Denise Edwards at dedwards@nca-online.org to learn more and get started. 

  • VOCA impact letter, February 2024, to the Office of Management and Budget, from a number of organizations, including NCA, on why urgent action is needed to prevent further catastrophic cuts to the Crime Victims Fund and to fully restore VOCA funding
  • Prosecutors VOCA funding letter, February 2024, to members of Congress from the National District Attorneys Association and chief prosecutors from jurisdictions from around the country
  • Attorneys general VOCA funding letter, February 2024, to Senate and House leaders from the National Association of Attorneys General and 42 state and territory attorneys general
  • VOCA Fix letter, August 2023, to members of appropriations committees in the House and Senate, signed by 1,559 national, state, tribal, and local victim service providers (including NCA and many CACs and Chapters) explaining why the VOCA Fix legislation was vitally important
U.S. Capitol Steps in summer


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Webinars about VOCA Advocacy

NCA continues to host educational advocacy webinars for CACs and Chapters on what VOCA means for CACs and how to effectively advocate to policymakers to make VOCA funds safe, stable, and available for CACs to deliver services to children. Please see the product listing below. Users must be logged in to access trainings. 


Now or Never - Our Chance to Fix VOCA