Nelson Introduces Bill in Support of Securing Funding for the Crime Victims Fund


Hagåtña, Guam – On August 27, 2021, Senator Nelson held a public hearing to introduce Bill-151-36 (LS) to express her support for H.R. 1652, the "VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021" introduced by the Honorable Representative Jerrold Nadler. H.R. 1652, through its passage, became Public Law 117-27 on July 22, 2021.


Public Law 117-27 adds a new funding source for the Crime Victims Fund and changes the formula grants that the fund supports. The Bill also increases state compensations to crime victims from sixty percent (60%) to seventy-five percent (75%).


The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Victims Crime Act (VOCA) aim to reach out to victims of crimes and their families and provide services and support to help them rebuild their lives and raise awareness of their issues.


"I humbly ask my colleagues for their support on this Bill. It is important that we continue to provide funding and other programs to support victims of crimes on our island," said Senator Nelson.


Department of Youth Affairs Director Melanie Brennan, Deputy Attorney General Fred Nishihra, and Alee Shelter Director Leinani Nahalowaa were all present at the hearing via Zoom. They each expressed their immense support and gratitude for Bill 151-36 (LS).


"I thank Director Brennan, Deputy AG Nishihra, and Director Nahalowa for all the hard work that they do to protect, advocate, and provide a safe haven for victims of crimes," said Senator Nelson.


For more information, please contact the Office of Senator

Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or senatortcnelson@guamlegislature.org


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PRESS RELEASE RESOLUTION 151-36 (LS)
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