Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23 2016: The US Senate will Consider/Vote-on S2613 The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016


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Today the US Senate will consider/vote-on S2613 (Grassley –R Iowa) The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016. 

What does the AWA Reauthorization Bill do? Well you can read the full amended (April 14th) text here

At a quick glance S2613:
  1. It allocates $20,000,000 to the US Attorney General for 2017 and again in 2018.
  2. It allocates $61,300,000 to the US Marshal’s Service for 2017 and again in 2018.
  3. It adds a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights section to the Act that covers Rape Kit collection, retention and DNA notification. It also redefinesSexual Assault”.
  4. It amends The Victims of Crime Act of 1984 by adding grants for Sexual Assault Survivors.
  5. It directs the US Attorney General to form a Joint Workgroup along with the US Secretary of Health and Human Services that will develop, coordinate, and disseminate best practices regarding the care and treatment of sexual assault survivors and the preservation of forensic evidence. Within 2 years a report is due from this Workgroup.
  6. It also increases the civil remedy time-line for survivors of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking from 3 to 10 years.