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Federal Policy Advocacy

We are educating Members of Congress about the impact COVID-19 is having on communities across our state, and urging them to support survivors and their children with the following actions.

  1. $100 million supplemental funding for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) for emergency shelter, alternative housing, and services to domestic violence survivors.
  2. $40 million for Culturally Specific Services Programs for Survivors of Color to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on survivors from racial and ethnic minority communities.
  3. $100 million additional Domestic Violence Bonus Funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide dedicated funding for rapid re-housing, transitional housing, and survivor-centered supportive services for domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking survivors.
  4. Raise the cap on Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds going to the states and waive the match requirement so providers can actually use it. This is a critical need for Washington State.
  5. $225 million in emergency funding for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for victim services with funding streams for Tribes and culturally specific services.
  6. $100 million in emergency funding for Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP).
  7. Protection for immigrant survivors for health and safety with an immigrant-inclusive COVID-19 bill. Restrict immigration enforcement, waive fees and deadlines.