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MACA has joined with a cross section of organizations across the Commonwealth that rely on VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) funds to effectively serve some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens: child and adult survivors of trauma, including sexual assault, trafficking, domestic violence, stalking, and homicide. See below for how YOU can help!
We urge you, friends and supporters, to please ask your State Senator to support inclusion of the $60 million VOCA Bridge in their supplemental budget.
We need YOUR help and it only takes 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Find your Senator using this link: https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator
Step 2: Contact them via email or phone
Step 3: Urge your Senator to support inclusion of the $60 million VOCA Bridge to save services for victims (click here for an email script and call script to use). Highlight the VOCA funded programs in your district with county-specific fact sheets (click the link for details).
Click here to find your State Senator: https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator
The VOCA Bridge is a multi-year $60 million investment to bridge cuts to Children’s Advocacy Centers, services for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, and other victim services funded by VOCA (Victims of Crime Act). Without this investment, victims of all crimes, including child sexual abuse and exploitation, in every city and town will face a dramatic cut to funding and services.
MACA works with our members and partner organizations to advocate for better resources and legislation in our state. We drive support for necessary funding and services for the most vulnerable population in our Commonwealth: child victims of sexual and physical abuse. We need your help, and it’s really easy to pitch in!
Here are some examples of how you can help:
State Funding and Legislation
Contacting your representative can be intimidating, but legislators are our partners and your words matter. By speaking out on behalf of the victims of child abuse, community members like you can give a voice to the voiceless and have a significant impact on the funding provided to MACA and CACs.
Federal Funding and Legislation
The Victims of Child Abuse Act and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund critical CAC services throughout the state, as well as nationwide. MACA works to make sure our Senators and Members of Congress preserve funding for these essential services.
To find your representatives on the state and federal level, click here.