Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

  • Mr. Speaker, the Cummings Foundation, the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project, Child Justice, and the Courageous Kids Network should be commended for their work combatting child abuse and ensuring justice for abuse victims.
  • Earlier this year they recognized Members of Congress who work on child abuse issues, but I think these groups are the ones who should really be recognized.
  • Child abuse is a horrific crime.
  • And it's made even worse when justice is not served.
  • Only a monster would harm a child.
  • It is an inexcusable injustice when a child is ordered by our own legal system back into an unsafe situation.
  • As a former judge and prosecutor and as co-chair of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus with my good friend JIM COSTA of California, I know how important groups like these are in advocating for victims and helping them through court proceedings.
  • Not only do these organizations serve children and their protective parents, who many times are also victims of abuse, but work to fix the family court system, when justice is not served.
  • They counsel protective parents and help children who have been wrongly placed with an abusive parent.
  • These groups work with the parent and courts to bring the child back into a safe situation, some providing pro bono legal assistance.
  • They work to educate the public on these issues and fight for a justice system that works, striving to bring real change to our society by ending domestic violence and child abuse.
  • Those that work with children and their families through some of the hardest situations are true heroes.
  • Our country was founded on the principles of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
  • The Cummings Foundation, the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project, Child Justice, and the Courageous Kids Network want to make sure that victims are able to live that American ideal.
  • Our country cannot tolerate abuse.
  • Justice demands that we fight back.
  • Because justice is what we do.
  • A society will be judged by how it treats the most vulnerable.
  • I hope that because of the work these groups are doing, our society will be judged well.
  • And that's just the way it is.