Join advocates from around Virginia on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, from 12:00pm-1:00pm, for a state-wide conference call to mobilize support for reintroduction and passage of the Victim Witness Bill (last session’s SB 1436), in the Virginia General Assembly. This critical legislation would keep police from asking victims and witnesses of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other crimes about their immigration status – bolstering trust between police and immigrant communities, and reassuring victims and witnesses that they can come forward without fear. The call, hosted by the Tahirih Justice Center, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (Action Alliance), and CG2 Consulting, will provide an overview of the Victim Witness Bill and discuss the many ways that advocates can get involved in this year’s campaign.
Many of you are members of the Virginia Alliance for Sensible Community Police (VA-SCOPE), and know how close our hard work came to getting the bill passed last year.
This year WE NEED YOUR HELP to spread the message and rally support! Please RSVP for the call to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 11, 2010.