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June 2018

#NNEDVAD18: Advocates Converge in Washington

MCADSV staff and Public Policy Committee members met on June 13 with all 10 members of Missouri’s congressional delegation and/or their staff to discuss federal legislation and appropriations. The meetings were part of the annual Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., hosted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), for its membership of 56 state and territory coalitions (see photos and issues discussed at Advocacy Days by searching for the hashtag, #NNEDVAD18, on Twitter and Facebook).

Missouri’s team focused its advocacy on requests to fully fund federal programs supporting domestic and sexual violence services, to reauthorize legislation to continue essential grant programs, and to enhance federal housing and asylum programs for victims. Along with requests to continue to support and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), MCADSV advocates asked federal lawmakers to co-sponsor and support specific bills and federal funding for services to address rape and abuse that includes:

  • The reauthorization of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA): House bill H.R. 6014 and Senate bill S. 2784. This would extend FVPSA and its grant programs, without changes, through 2023. Since the MCADSV visits, funding for FVPSA was increased by $5 million, with new funding for tribal services, in a FY19 budget bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee chaired by Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt.
  • The Help Ending Abusive Living Situations (HEALS) Act will improve transitional housing programs’ access to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds. Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay (D-MO 1st District) will file the House version of the bill; the Senate bill is S. 2230.
  • The release of a consistent annual amount of $2.6 billion from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund, which is the average of three years’ of deposits into the fund. VOCA funding has increased for three years yet Pres. Trump’s FY19 budget called for a slight decrease.
  • Funding for increased staff in the Department of Homeland Security to more quickly process U-Visas and VAWA self-petitions to reduce the current three-year wait.
Missouri’s Team at NNEDV Advocacy Day 2018

MCADSV appreciates the staff who serve on the MCADSV Public Policy Committee and commit time and resources to send staff to D.C. Missouri is known for having the largest representation of staff from member programs at NNEDV Advocacy Days. In addition to MCADSV staff members Jennifer Carter Dochler and Colleen Coble, this year’s Missouri team included:

  • Mary Ann Allen, Public Policy Committee Chair, Haven House, Southeast Region;
  • MaryAnne Metheny and Ilene Shehan, Hope House, Kansas City Region;
  • Sara Brammer and Andrea Raya, Synergy Services, Kansas City Region;
  • Sharon Meusch and Katie Croker, Russell House, Central Region.

This year’s Missouri team, pictured above from left to right: Monica Sass (NNEDV intern from St. Louis); MaryAnne Metheny; Ilene Shehan; Sharon Meusch; Mary Ann Allen; Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO 3rd District); Colleen Coble; Sara Brammer; Andrea Raya; and Katie Croker. Not pictured: Jennifer Carter Dochler.

If you have questions about federal legislation or appropriations, contact MCADSV’s public policy team: Colleen Coble, CEO, or Jennifer Carter Dochler, Public Policy Director.

For a map of Missouri’s Congressional Districts, websites and contact information for Missouri’s U.S. Senators and Representatives, go to pages 42-45 (onscreen pages 24-26) of the online PDF of the Missouri Secretary of State’s Roster.