About Us

The U.S. Congressional Crime Survivors and Justice Caucus (formerly the “U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus”) was co-founded in 2005 by two then-freshman Members, Congressman Judge Ted Poe, and Congressman Jim Costa.  They shared a belief about elevating the voices of crime victims and survivors within the U.S. Congress in a bipartisan manner; and about the importance of listening to crime survivors and those who serve them to guide Congressional actions that improve services and rights for crime victims.

The Caucus has initiated and supported federal legislation that improves victims’ rights and services and works diligently to protect federal funds that are designated to aid victims and survivors of crime.  Throughout each year, the caucus is honored to join with many national, state, tribal, and local victim assistance and justice agencies and organizations to ensure that victims’ voices are truly heard and validated through the implementation of effective policies and programs nationwide.