Federal Government Cuts Crime Victim Funds, Prompting State Capitol Rally


In what is being noted as a significant blow to crime victim service providers, the federal government has announced cuts to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. Modoc County’s District Attorney Nina Salarno is speaking out, joining other DAs in the state, saying this move will impact hundreds of millions of dollars allocated to California-based services, including those supported by local District Attorney Offices. VOCA funds are used for various services such as domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, child abuse programs, human trafficking services, and the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB), which provides financial assistance to crime victims.

In response, the California District Attorneys Association has joined forces with various groups to urge the state legislature to address the 45% funding shortfall. Crime survivors groups are organizing a rally at the State Capitol on the morning of May 30 to advocate for the continuation of these essential services and to make their voices heard.

Supporters of this cause are encouraged to participate in the rally at the State Capital.


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