Public Policy and Legislative Advocacy

How is NYSCASA involved in policy work?

NYSCASA educates legislators and other policy- and decision-makers about the impacts, including unintended consequences, of existing and proposed policies on sexual assault victims/survivors. NYSCASA responds to requests for feedback about policies and also recommends policies that would improve sexual assault intervention and prevention services.

What is NYSCASA's legislative agenda?

Our current legislative agenda is outlined below. Please contact Max Micallef at mmicallef@nyscasa.org if you have any questions or comments.

  • Comprehensive sexuality education (A6616/S2584A): This legislation would amend the education law to require each public and charter school in New York State to provide students in grades kindergarten through twelve with comprehensive sexuality education.
  • Expanded access to crime victim compensation (A8619A/S7573): This legislation would expand eligibility for victims and survivors of crime to access victim compensation funds.
  • Incapacity to consent (A4484/S2153): This legislation would establish an inability to consent to sexual acts in cases involving law enforcement and victims or witnesses of an incident that is under investigation.
  • Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act (A849/S3075): This legislation would repeal statutes that criminalize consensual sexual behavior between adults while upholding laws relating to exploitation of minors, coercion in the sex trades, and trafficking, and to provide criminal record relief for people convicted of crimes repealed under the bill.
  • DNA Protection Bill (S8408): This legislation would prohibit the use of DNA evidence from sexual assault forensic kits to be used by law enforcement to arrest, convict, and/or solidify sexual violence survivors as possible criminal suspects of unrelated events.

Additionally, we are interested in:

  • Expanded paths to healing and justice for survivors of sexual violence
  • Improvements to sexual harassment laws, sexual assault laws, and related policies and laws

See our Bill Status Report to view the status of bills in the NYS legislature that NYSCASA supports.

See our Policy Action Center for scripts you can use to call, email, or tweet at your elected officials in support of these bills.

What other legislation does NYSCASA support?

New York State:

Federal:

  • Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act of 2022 (H.R. 7587)
  • Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act (H.R. 2383)
  • Further implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of “988” suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline via support and funding
  • Further support and funding of increasing social workers and counselors in schools

How do I get involved?

See below for information about how to contact your legislators. See our Policy Action Center for scripts you can use to call, email, or tweet at your elected officials.

How do I contact my legislators?

Use the links below to contact your legislators.

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If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

1-800-942-6906

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Search our program directory to find a rape crisis center in your area.

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