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Action Alert

Survivors and allies,
Last night, survivors and advocates were featured on NBC Boston sharing their struggles with the current Victim Compensation process in Massachusetts. (Watch here)

The Peace Institute and the Survivors of Homicide Victms network have been leading the effort to amend this statute to ensure that families of murder victims will not be denied reimbursement for modest funeral and burial expenses because of the circumstances surrounding their loved one’s death. 

The Senate and House are separately working on criminal justice reform bills. We are working to get our language to amend the Victim Compensation language included in those bills. 

To support this effort, please call House Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Claire Cronin and ask her to remember survivors in House version of the bill.  
617-722-2396

Hello, my name is ___________.  I am calling today to ask that Chairwoman Cronin include the language of H. 742 in the House criminal justice reform legislation.  
For families of homicide victims, this bill would provide some certainty that they will be able to lay their loved one to rest with respect by ensuring that families who need it will receive reimbursement for modest and appropriate services.  
The bill was filed by Representative Carvalho and is very important to me and the survivors in my community.  No criminal justice policy is complete without consideration of the needs of victims.  
We believe that a decent funeral and burial or cremation is a basic human right and is essential to helping the family and the community heal.  
Please make sure that H. 742 is part of the criminal justice bill that you are working on. 
Thank you for your time. 

For email: Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov
Dear Chairwoman Cronin:
My name is ___________.  I am writing today to ask you to include the language of H. 742 in the House criminal justice reform legislation.  
For families of homicide victims, this bill would provide some certainty that they will be able to lay their loved one to rest with respect by ensuring that families who most need it will receive reimbursement for modest and appropriate services.
The bill was filed by Representative Carvalho and is very important to me and survivors in my community.  No criminal justice policy is complete without consideration of the needs of victims.  
We believe that a decent funeral and burial or cremation is a basic human right and is essential to helping the family and the community heal.  
Please make sure that H. 742 is part of the criminal justice bill that you are working on.  
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

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