Caucus Holds Briefing
The briefing raised awareness and built support for H.R. 1136, the Violence Against the Homeless Accountability Act of 2013.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) proposed the legislation, which would amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless in the crime data collected by the attorney general.
The only NJ co-sponsor is Congressman Rush Holt.
Since 1999, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has documented more than 1,437 acts of violence against homeless individuals, 375 of which were fatal attacks. Congresswoman Johnson proposed this legislation to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless in the crime data collected by the Attorney General.
“Violence against homeless individuals is a problem that has no boundaries. It is a threat to our homeless men, women and children of all backgrounds. Until we have a sound understanding of the scope and nature of the problem, we will remain unable to develop targeted solutions or draft comprehensive reform. Today’s briefing is a solid step towards increased awareness of the problem. We must continue to take deliberate steps toward ending violence against our homeless population.”
Said Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).
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