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The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on Child Exploitation Restitution Following the Paroline Decision on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Amy's advocate in the United States Supreme Court, professor and formal federal judge Paul G. Cassell, will testify at the hearing.
Everyone is invited to attend this public hearing as the House begins its consideration of the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015, H.R. 595.
Victims of child pornography and child exploitation, including child trafficking, should attend the hearing in person or watch online at C-SPAN.org.
Senator Hatch Introduces the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015 – S. 295
The bill I introduce today will amend the restitution statute so that it works for child pornography victims. It is named for Amy and Vicky, brave women who are the victims in two of the most widely viewed child pornography series in the world. Amy’s case went before the Supreme Court last year and my staff worked with the legal team for these women in developing this bill.
This bill changes the current restitution statute in three important ways so that it works for child pornography victims. First, it gives judges options for determining a victim’s losses and calculating restitution. Second, it gives judges the ability to impose restitution on defendants in different kinds of cases to ensure that victims actually receive meaningful restitution. Third, it shifts the burden of chasing defendants all over the country from victims to defendants who can share the restitution costs with other defendants.
In our system of government, we have the responsibility to pass or change legislation to address issues and problems that Americans face. All the courts could do was confirm that the current restitution statue is no longer suited to help child pornography victims. It is now up to us to do our duty and enact a statute that will.
Senator Hatch"I am today introducing legislation to help victims of child pornography receive the restitution that Congress has already said they deserve. The Supreme Court said last year that the current restitution statute, enacted more than 20 years ago, does not work for child pornography victims and this legislation will change that. I am joined by more than 30 Senators on both sides of the aisle including 14 on this committee. Do I have your commitment that under your leadership the Justice Department will aggressively prosecute child pornography and use tools like this legislation to help victims get the restitution they need to put their lives back together?"
Representatives Cartwright, Marino, DelBene, Reichert Re-Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Effective Restitution Process for Victims of Child Pornography
“Victims of child pornography deserve an effective restitution process to help alleviate the suffering they have endured. We must support the victims of these atrocious crimes and ensure that they receive what is entitled to them: full protection and compensation,” Rep. Cartwright said. “It is impossible to measure or understand the psychological harm done by these types of crimes, which is why we need to work together to strengthen the voice of these victims, and help them rebuild their lives. We must also hold any perpetrator accountable.”