All survivors deserve equitable access to healing.

Fair Access to Victim Compensation


The Fair Access To Victim Compensation Campaign is a state-wide campaign, led by several local New York-based groups and national organizations who are fighting for expanded and equitable access to victim compensation funds. Currently in New York State, survivors of violence are subject to onerous law enforcement reporting requirements when filing for victim compensation funds, and barred from access if they allegedly contributed to the crime in question or failed to show physical injury associated with their harm. This denies resources to countless survivors that could be used to pay for medical bills, funeral expenses, replacement of personal property, relocation expenses, and other costs associated with the harm they experienced.


Our goal is to raise awareness about the victim compensation program and propose several legislative bills to eliminate any barriers to access that survivors face. The first bill of the campaign removes the requirement that survivors report their harm to police in order to be eligible for victim compensation by expanding the forms of evidence that could be used to show that a survivor suffered harm. We are calling on elected officials in New York State to support and pass the Fair Access to Victim Compensation bill S.7573 (Myrie) / A.8619A (Meeks) to ensure that all survivors have access to healing.

Help break cycles of violence in our communities by creating pathways to healing for survivors of violence. Please contact your legislator and tell them to cosponsor and support Fair Access To Victim Compensation, S.7573 (Myrie)/A.8619A (Meeks).


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Coalition Members

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)
Equal Justice USA (EJUSA)
Katal Center for Equity, Health, & Justice
NY State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV)
Rising Ground - STEPS to End Family Violence,
Neighborhood Benches
Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP)
Citizen Action of New York
Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)
Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI)
Alliance of Families
Girls for Gender Equity
Immigrant Defense Project
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective
New Alternatives For LGBT Homeless Youth
Restorative Action Alliance

Center for Justice at Columbia University
Urban Grief
The Korean American Family Service Center
Day One
Not Another Child
Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI)
Violence Intervention Program (VIPmujeres)
Sakhi for South Asian Women
Community Justice Action Fund