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Chabot Introduces Resolution to Raise Awareness of Crime Victims Rights

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Location: Washington, DC

Chabot Introduces Resolution to Raise Awareness of Crime Victims Rights

Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) introduced a resolution intended to raise awareness for rights of crime victims. Chabot, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, introduced a Congressional resolution this week as part of a number of efforts to recognize National Crime Victims Week. The resolution calls for continued funding of DNA technology for unidentified human remains, more cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement and increased access to federal DNA databases for medical examiners.

“Too often, victims of crime are made to be victims a second time as a result of our criminal justice system â€" the very system designed to protect them,” said Chabot. “This resolution stresses the importance of providing a voice for victims and their families.”

Chabot announced his resolution at a briefing by Debra Culberson of Blanchester Ohio, whose daughter Carrie Culberson was murdered in 1996. Although her former boyfriend was convicted of the murder, Carrie's remains have not been recovered. Chabot and Debra Culberson have worked to provide law enforcement with effective tools to help solve missing persons cases. In 2004, Chabot successfully led the effort to incorporate the Crime Victims' Rights Act into the Justice for All Act, which passed overwhelmingly. The legislation requires states and local communities that receive federal funding for DNA testing to report test results for unidentified remains to a nationwide database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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