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Bipartisan Toomey Measure to Help Exploited Children Passes Senate Unanimously

Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act Now Awaits Consideration in the House

January 25, 2018
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Washington, D.C.- This week, the Senate unanimously approved the bipartisan Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

"The Senate's passage of the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act is an important step toward rectifying the flawed process under current federal law for victims to recover restitution from criminals who produce and traffic child pornography," said Senator Toomey. "Sexual abuse and exploitation of children are especially heinous crimes that can affect victims for their entire lives. I hope that the House will soon pass this important legislation so that victims can finally receive the restitution they deserve."

The Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act addresses a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a Pennsylvania resident, "Amy," that limited restitution for victims of child pornography. Under the bill, victims will be able to seek appropriate compensation from any criminal who has possessed or distributed the images, up to the full amount of the victim's losses. The legislation also offers victims a monetary assistance alternative from the Crime Victims Fund, requires the appointment of a guardian to act on behalf of the victim in court, and allows victims access to the images depicting them-access that defendants already possess.

The Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act has been co-sponsored by 26 senators from both sides of the aisle. It now awaits consideration from the United States House of Representatives.