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Letter

Betty McCollum

From the office of:

Betty McCollum

Sending Office: Honorable Betty McCollum
Sent By:
Maureen.Acero@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor the SAFE AT HOME ACT

Endorsing Organizations: National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS); National Association of Confidential Address Programs (NACAP); National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV); Futures Without Violence; Asian
Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV); Casa de Esperanz
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: National Latin@ Network

Cosponsors (44): Aguilar, Axne, Boyle, Carson, Cicilline, Clay, Costa, Craig, Dingell,
Fitzpatrick, Gabbard, Tom Graves, Haaland, Harder, Hartzler, Hastings, Herrera Beutler, Jackson Lee, Kennedy, Khanna, Kilmer, Kuster, Barbara Lee,
Long, Lynch, Malinowski, Meeks, Moore,  Neguse, Norton, Olson,
Omar, Payne, Phillips, Rouda, Roybal-Allard, Ruppersberger, Spano, Jason Smith, Speier, Stanton, Underwood, Frederica Wilson, Watson Coleman

115th Cosponsors: Donald Beyer, Brendan Boyle, William Clay,
Christopher Collins, Barbara Comstock, John Delaney, Debbie Dingell,
Brian Fitzpatrick, Tulsi Gabbard, Sam Graves, Tom Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Darrell Issa, Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, Ann Kuster,
Billy Long, Patrick Meehan, Eleanor Norton, Pete Olson, Kyrsten Sinema,
Steve Stivers, Ann Wagner  

 

Dear Colleague,

We urge you to become a cosponsor of the Safe at Home Act (H.R. 4705) to help protect victims of sexual violence and stalking by strengthening Address Confidentiality Programs (ACP).

An ACP is a state-implemented program that provides a designated address in lieu of a physical address to an individual who fears for their safety, such as survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. State ACPs assign a substitute address
(such as a P.O. Box) for enrolled participants to use in place of their own physical address and then provide a mail-forwarding service to the participant’s physical address. Additionally, the ACP serves as a legal agent for their participants.

Currently, 38 states and the District of Columbia administer an ACP. Unfortunately, federal agencies and federal courts are NOT currently required to accept the substitute address of ACP participants. This creates a risk for survivors who are forced to disclose
their physical address. Participants around the country have had various federal agencies challenge the use of a substitute address for services such as receiving Social Security benefits, completing employment and tax forms, enrolling their child in school,
and filling prescriptions.

The Safe at Home Act would expand protections for ACP participants so they can interact with federal agencies, departments, courts and other similar entities by requiring the recognition of the designated addresses. It is time that
the federal government work with states to ensure victims of sexual abuse and stalking can live without fear that their physical address may be exposed.

This legislation is very similar to a previous version introduced in the 115th Congress.

If you are interested in being a cosponsor or would like additional information, please contact
Maureen.Acero@mail.house.gov in Representative McCollum’s office, or
Colleen.Castle@mail.house.gov in Representative Vicky Hartzler’s office.   

Sincerely,

Betty McCollum                                                  Vicky Hartzler
MEMBER OF CONGRESS                                MEMBER OF CONGRESS                                                                           

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Education, Family Issues, Government, HealthCare, Immigration, Judiciary, Social Security

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4705
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