States and localities are on the front line of this crisis and are a large part of winning the battle from both a law enforcement and public health perspective.
The bill combines components of bills formerly introduced as the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act and the Justice for Child Victims Act. It establishes guidelines for restitution and seeks to ensure that victims receive timely and meaningful restitution.
As the Attorneys General of our respective states, we write in support of your legislation, H.R. 3891, that would expand the authority of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) to detect, investigate and prosecute Medicaid patient abuse in non-institutional settings.
As our jurisdictions’ Attorneys General, public safety and the faithful execution of the law fall squarely on our shoulder. Constituents hold us uniquely accountable for ensuring our communities provide a safe place to work and raise a family. To that end, we have supported legislation that strongly punishes criminal conduct while making sure people exiting prison pose less of a threat than when they entered.
Consumers in our respective jurisdictions continue to contact us about the growing problem of identity fraud. The fraud comes in various forms and causes various harms, including monetary loss, damage to credit score, and detriment to personal security. As both law enforcement officials and advisors to government agencies, we know the challenges of keeping government systems a step ahead of fraudulent actors. Although the challenge may be great, we urge you to prioritize making your systems as nimble and strong as possible to combat this growing problem.
As the legislative history of VAWA has shown, members from both sides of the aisle have come together to strengthen existing protections and fill gaps in the law. We, therefore, urge you to work together as leaders of your respective caucuses and committees to act before VAWA expires and pass a VAWA reauthorization bill that continues to ensure our nation’s most vulnerable victims are not left behind.
State attorneys general have been fighting the opioid crisis on numerous fronts, including protecting consumers from deceptive marketing of prescription opioids, disrupting illicit trafficking networks, and closing pill mills.
For more than 40 years, LSC funding has helped veterans and military families secure important benefits, supported survivors of domestic violence, and assisted families facing foreclosure, victims of natural disasters, seniors and disabled Americans. Today it is also an essential support for rural and low-income Americans, as well as families affected by opioids and addiction.
Access to the judicial system, whether federal or state, is a fundamental right of all Americans. That right should extend fully to persons who have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace. Yet, many employers require their employees, as a condition of employment, to sign arbitration agreements mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through arbitration instead of judicial proceedings.