Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
EXPAND THE FEDERAL ANTI-STALKING STATUTE: BECOME A CO-SPONSOR OF THE BIPARTISAN ‘EXPANDED STALKING PROTECTIONS ACT’, H.R. 866
Current Co-sponsors: Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Anthony G. Brown, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Dwight Evans, Rep.
Vicente González, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Nita Lowey, Rep.
Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Jerry McNerney, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Gwen S. Moore, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Ed Royce, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Supporting Organizations: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, National Center for Victims of Crime, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
I invite you to be a co-sponsor of the “Expanded Stalking Protections Act”, H.R. 866, which seeks to protect the friends and co-workers of stalking victims from violence. If you would like to co-sponsor this important legislation, please
reach out to my staff.
The current federal anti-stalking statute (18
U.S.C. 2261A) makes it a crime to threaten another person with harm that could result in injury or death, or to threaten the same against a person’s family or intimate partner. This bill would add friends and co-workers to that protected class. The same
would be true for expanding the protected class in the unfortunate instance of a stalking attack.
According to the Department of Justice’s Stalking Victimization in the United States Report, a friend or co-worker (currently not covered by 18 U.S.C. 2261A)
of a stalking target is almost twice as likely to be attacked by a stalker as the stalking target’s child (currently protected by 18 U.S.C. 2261A) – 5.8 percent to 3.7 percent, respectively. Further, the friend or co-worker of a stalking target has a virtually
equal chance as the stalking target’s other family members to be attacked (5.8 percent to 6 percent, respectively). Clearly, the class covered by the federal anti-stalking statute should be expanded – friends and co-workers deserve the same protections from
stalkers as family members.
If you would like to add your name to this important piece of legislation, and ensure that violent stalkers are fully punished for the crimes they commit, please contact Kate Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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