RAINN Joins Congressional Crime Victims Rights Group

Pictured is RAINN's former vice-president of public policy Evelyn Fortier with Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Jim Costa (D-CA) at a June 2006 reception in Washington, DC. The representatives are the cochairmen of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, a bipartisan group of representatives from the House. In June 2006, they cosponsored House Resolution 889 honoring RAINN's National Sexual Assault Hotline.

Rep. Poe, Evelyn Fortier, & Rep. Costa

RAINN is a member of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus Advisory Group, a panel formed in June 2006 to advise the Caucus on key issues affecting crime victims and survivors.

Additional photos of the event are at http://web.mac.com/sdcarter/iWeb/Site/CVRC06.html.

RAINN and Public Policy

RAINN's Policy Department educates policy makers, the media, allies, and the public about issues of importance to rape victims. In order to advance RAINN's anti-sexual assault agenda, the Policy Department advocates and lobbies for increased victim support and stricter laws for rapists nationwide.

Additionally, the Policy Department tracks and analyzes laws and policies affecting victims of sexual assault and works collaboratively with allied organizations to advance its anti-sexual assault agenda. RAINN provides technical assistance to over 1,100 rape crisis centers nationwide on state mandatory reporting requirements, disseminates information on updated sexual assault laws and policies, and serves as a national source of information for RAINN staff, rape crisis centers, criminal justice agencies, and allied organizations.

For more information on RAINN's policy activities, please contact Policy Manager Rachel Gandell at rachelg@rainn.org

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