Bill to Ensure Sexual Assault Survivors Receive Services Advances First House Committee

Bill to Ensure Sexual Assault Survivors Receive Services Advances First House Committee

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to fund sexual assault services advanced the House Health and Human Services Committee. House Bill 80, sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), would make a $3.3 million appropriation to the Crime Victims Reparation Commission for sexual assault services.

New Mexico currently has 12 rape crisis service providers, which range from full service to smaller organizations that are working to develop the capacity to provide services every day, all year round, at all hours. Currently, there are areas in New Mexico where survivors have no access to services and existing programs that are in dire need of funds to ensure they can provide core services.

“As New Mexicans, we know that it’s incredibly important to take care of one another,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary. “With the federal Violence Against Women Act being underfunded, the need for these funds has never been greater. Survivors need support as they begin the process of recovering from their traumatic experiences.”

“This legislation sends a strong message to sexual assault survivors across New Mexico that we are prioritizing their safety and well-being,” said Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil. “Ensuring justice and providing resources for survivors should always be a priority for the legislature.”

House Democrats are committed to making sure that survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive sexual assault services.  House Bill 80 now moves to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee for consideration.