Moving one step closer to the DVSJA
On Monday, April 22nd, the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) held their annual Lobby Day in Albany, NY.
NYSCADV is a long-time ally in our efforts to bring justice to domestic violence survivors who get caught up in the criminal justice system. For a third year in a row, NYSCADV has advocated for the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA) as part of its legislative platform.
As a result of Monday’s lobby day, we received co-sponsorship commitments from 5 additional legislators! We are now up to 33 co-sponsors in the Assembly and 23 co-sponsors in the Senate.
Want to get involved in our efforts?
If your organization would like to join the broad coalition of over 100 organizations that have signed on to this bill, contact Jaya Vasandani at jvasandani[@]correctionalassociation.org or 212-254-5700 x334.
We encourage you to join us for two upcoming opportunities to speak with legislators in Albany about the DV Survivors Justice Act:
Tuesday, May 21: Reentry Roundtable Advocacy Day
Speak with legislators about four key criminal justice reform issues:
- The DV Survivors Justice Act (S.3337-A/ A.4314)
- Reinstating TAP funding (S.1367/A.3401)
- The SAFE Parole Act (S.1128/A.4108)
- Ban the Box! (S.3386)
To participate on May 21, contact Jaya at jvasandani[@]correctionalassociation.org.
Wednesday, June 5: Coalition for Women Prisoners Advocacy Day
Advocate for the DVSJA and to end the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women.
To participate on June 5, please attend one of the following trainings at the Correctional Association:
- Thursday, May 2, 10:30am-12 Noon
- Thursday, May 2, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Monday, May 13, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
- Friday, May 24, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
All trainings will be held at the Correctional Association office at 2090 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., 2nd fl. (btw 124 & 125 St) (Take the A/B/C/D or 2/3 trains to 125 St). To RSVP or for more info, contact Jackie at 212-254-5700×336 or jvelez[@]correctionalassociation.org.
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