Last year, our client Amy, a victim of child pornography, urged the Supreme Court in the Paroline case to grant her meaningful restitution from an end-user of her child sex abuse images. The Supreme Court granted her some relief but insufficient to be meaningful. Click here for more information on Paroline. Since that time, we have been working to get the law changed -- through the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015 (AVA).
On February 11, 2015, the Senate passed the AVA, on a vote of 98 to 0. As one Senator explained after the vote, "It feels good to get something done." For more information about the AVA click here.
Next Thursday, March 19, 2015, our colleague, Professor Paul Cassell, who argued the Paroline case, will testify at a hearing on "Child Exploitation Restitution Following the Paroline Decision" before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Professor Cassell is one of the country's leading advocates and scholars of Victim's Rights and a former federal district court judge. Click here for more information about Professor Cassell.
The AVA increases the amount those who produce, distribute and consume child pornography must pay in restitution so that victims obtain meaningful recovery with which to rebuild their lives. As our client, Amy, has explained, the AVA will "give victims the hope and help they need to overcome the nightmares and memories that most others will never know."
We are hopeful that the upcoming hearing will address any remaining concerns of Congress so that the AVA will be passed by the Congress and finally become law. Please contact your Congressman or Congresswoman to express your support of the AVA. Tune in to CSPAN on March 19 at 10 a.m. to watch the hearing.
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