Today, the United States Senate, in one of its first acts of the 114th Congress, passed the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015 on a vote of 98-0. Here are the floor speeches which were delivered by Senators Grassley, Hatch, and Schumer in support of the AVA.
In both the United States and the United Nations, the AVA will have a far-reaching impact for victims and nations everywhere. Passing the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015 will place the United States at the forefront of the world's efforts to "secure effective protection, recovery and compensation of child victims." As Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, declared last year, "it is imperative that child victims of this form of sexual abuse are given the right to restitution for this crime. This is important as a remedy for these children, and as a deterrent to prevent future situations of child sex abuse of this kind."
I just wanted to add my thanks and congratulations to Senator Hatch for his leadership on this strong and necessary bi-partisan bill as Senator Feinstein has laid out. It’s essential to ensure that the victims of child pornography have a legally sound formula…This provides a mechanism for restitution that is essential and vital and I thank you for your hard work on it.
In looking at this bill, it really is a very significant bill…we now essentially put forward a framework for this so I want to just thank Senator Hatch and all of us who worked on it because I think it really is an important bill.
Mr. Chairman, thank you for putting the Amy and Vicky Act on the agenda and for bringing it up today. This bill addresses the unique problems that today result in no restitution at all in three-quarters of child pornography cases. It gives judges options for calculating a victim’s losses and for requiring restitution in the unique kinds of child pornography cases that happen most often today. And it relieves a victim of the never-ending burden of chasing defendants across the country for the rest of her life only to recover next to nothing.