The bipartisan Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus was formed in 2005 by Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) and Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16). Together they work to be a voice for victims' rights in Congress and before the Administration.
The Caucus has three main goals:
- To represent crime victims in the United States through the bipartisan introduction of legislation that reflects their interests, rights, and needs.
- To provide an ongoing forum for dialogue between Congress and national victim assistance organizations to enhance mutual education, legislative advocacy and initiatives that promote justice for all, including crime victims.
- To seek opportunities for public education initiatives to help the nation understand the impact of crime on victims, and to encourage their involvement in crime prevention, victim assistance, and community safety.