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S. 772 (is) To establish an Office of Religious Persecution Monitoring, to provide for the imposition of sanctions against countries engaged in a pattern of religious persecution, and for other purposes. ...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 771 To improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases through Children Advocacy Centers. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 2, 2003 Mr. Biden introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases through Children Advocacy Centers. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Victims of Child Abuse Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS TO THE VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE ACT OF 1990. The Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 13001 et seq.) is amended-- (1) in section 211 (42 U.S.C. 13001) by-- (A) redesignating paragraphs (6) and (7) as paragraphs (9) and (10), respectively; and (B) inserting after paragraph (5) the following: ``(6)(A) the National Children's Alliance (NCA) is a nationwide not-for-profit membership organization whose members are local Children's Advocacy Centers; ``(B) the NCA's mission is to assist communities seeking to improve their response to child abuse by supporting the development, growth, and continuation of Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs); and ``(C) the NCA provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to CACs nationally; ``(7)(A) CACs are community partnerships committed to a multidisciplinary team approach by professionals pursuing the truth in child abuse investigations; and ``(B) CACs are based in child-friendly facilities that enable law enforcement, prosecutors, child protective services, and the medical and mental health communities to work as a team to investigate, prosecute, and treat child abuse; ``(8)(A) working in partnership with the National Children's Alliance, Regional Children's Advocacy Centers were established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to provide outreach and assistance to communities seeking to develop a Children's Advocacy Center; and ``(B) Regional Children's Advocacy Centers provide information, consultation, training, and technical assistance helping to establish child-focused programs that facilitate and support coordination among agencies responding to child abuse. Regional Children's Advocacy Centers also provide regional services to help Children's Advocacy Centers already in existence;''; (2) in section 212 (42 U.S.C. 13001a)-- (A) by striking paragraphs (3) and (6); (B) redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively; and (C) redesignating paragraphs (7), (8), and (9) as paragraphs (5), (6), and (7), respectively; (3) in section 213 (42 U.S.C. 13001b)-- (A) by striking the caption for the section and inserting ``children's advocacy centers''; and (B) in subsection (a), by striking beginning with ``the Administrator'' through paragraph (1) and inserting the following: ``The Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention shall establish Regional Children's Advocacy Centers to-- ``(1) focus attention on child victims by assisting communities to develop and maintain local Children's Advocacy Centers which are child-focused community-oriented facility based programs designed to improve the resources available to children and families affected by child abuse and neglect;''; (C) in subsection (b)(1), by striking ``, in coordination with the Director,''; (D) in subsection (c)-- (i) in paragraph (1), by striking the text and inserting ``The Administrator, in consultation with the National Children's Alliance, shall solicit proposals for assistance under this section when existing contracts with Regional Children's Advocacy Centers are close to expiration.''; and (ii) in paragraph (4)(B), by striking the matter before clause (i) and inserting the following: ``The Administrator shall select proposals for funding that--''; (E) in subsection (d)-- (i) in paragraph (1), by striking ``, in coordination with the Director,''; and (ii) in paragraph (2), by striking ``and the Director''; and (F) by striking subsection (e); (4) in section 214 (42 U.S.C. 13002)-- (A) by amending subsection (a) to read as follows: ``(a) In General.--The Administrator, in consultation with the officials from the Office of Victims of Crime, shall make grants to develop and implement local multidisciplinary child abuse investigations and prosecution programs. The National Children's Alliance shall serve as the subgrantor of these funds.''; and (B) in subsection (b)(1), by striking ``, in coordination with the Director,''; and (5) in section 214B (42 U.S.C. 13004), by amending the text to read as follows: ``(a) Sections 213 and 214.--There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out sections 213 and 214, $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2004 through 2008. ``(b) Section 214A.--There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out section 214A, $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2004 through 2008.''. <all>
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