INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY: RAINN and Debbie Smith call on Congress to Reauthorize the Debbie Smith Act

“One of the achievements I am most proud of in my career is my legislation that established the Debbie Smith grant program. It has been called the most important anti-rape legislation ever signed into law because the funding enables local law enforcement and forensic labs to process DNA evidence, including rape kits, in a timely manner. Continuing this program is essential to making sure that sexual assault victims do not have to wait for justice. We cannot allow its authorization to lapse, and I’m confident that the program will be reauthorized with bipartisan support. I want to thank Debbie Smith, RAINN, and all the advocates who have always championed this program.”

– Rep. Carolyn Maloney

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