CALCASA is committed to working with California’s policymakers and stakeholders in order to represent California rape crisis centers and survivors. It is our goal to not only create relationships directly with the statewide and national representatives, but to also build the capacity of our membership to advocate on issues by reaching out to local representative(s).

CALCASA is a resource that members can use to suggest local and state policy proposals. Our staff can help you to develop language, create a relationship with your representative and learn how to create a proactive — rather than reactive — policy for engaging with policymakers.

For information regarding policy technical assistance, please contact us.

Legislative Update 6/14/17

SB 421 – Legislation to establish a tiered sex offender registry in California passed out of the Senate.
Sexual assault survivors, their families, and our communities have been negatively impacted by California’s lifetime sex offender registry.  That’s why CALCASA is a sponsor of SB 421, which would establish a tiered sex offender registry based on an individual’s likelihood of reoffending.
Senator Scott Weiner (D-11) introduced SB 421. The legislation passed out of the Senate on May 31, 2017 and is now awaiting a committee hearing in the Assembly. The legislation would establish a three-tiered registry for sex offenders. Individuals would be placed in tier one, two or three based on a risk assessment that measures a person’s risk of sexual or violent re-offense. The tiered registry reforms our broken and outdated system by implementing research-based policies to make California’s sex offender registry an effective law enforcement tool to promote public safety and better serve victims and survivors.
Please visit the CALCASA website to read more about SB 421 and learn ways you can provide support. Click here to access talking points regarding SB 421 that can be used when speaking with survivors, the media or community.
AB 1268 – CALCASA joined on as a cosponsor to legislation that would establish a fund focused on the prevention of sexual and domestic violence.
Victim service providers do not have the necessary resources to meet the needs of every survivor and also strengthen prevention efforts. The fund established in AB 1268 would provide resources so evidence-based and theory-driven practices can be implemented to prevent sexual violence, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence in California.  These funds would be available through a grant program administered by the California Office of Emergency Services and developed in collaboration with prevention experts in sexual assault and domestic violence at a minimum level of $250,000 over three years.
Assemblywoman Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-47) introduced AB 1268 in response to the horrific tragedy that took place on April 10, 2017 when Cedric Anderson shot and killed his wife, Karen Elaine Smith, and 8 year-old student, Jonathan Martinez, and injured another student at an San Bernardino elementary school. Anderson’s record shows allegations of domestic violence that go back 30 years.
AB 1268 passed out of the Assembly and is now awaiting a committee hearing in the Senate. CALCASA will be sending follow-up emails with ways that our members can get engaged to support this legislation.
AB 699 – Legislation to protect undocumented immigrant children passed out of the Assembly.
CALCASA is committed to protecting all survivors of sexual assault and that’s why we support AB 699. This legislation would ensure that undocumented immigrant students receive a quality education and learn about healthy relationships and sex education.
The legislation provides critical protections for K-12 students and ensures that all students have safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environments regardless of immigration status.
AB 699 was introduced by Assembly Members Patrick O’Donnell (D-70) and David Chiu (D-17). This legislation passed out of the Assembly and is awaiting a Senate committee hearing.
SB 215 – CALCASA is continuing to identify ways to help incarcerated survivors.
We know that incarcerated survivors are not receiving the services they need to heal. SB 215 was introduced to establish a hotline for survivors to use from prison; however, upon receiving feedback from formally incarcerated survivors, CALCASA heard concerns that a hotline could put survivors at risk by compromising their privacy.
As a result of CALCASA’s work with survivors, SB 215 was not passed out of the Senate and will not be enacted into law this year. CALCASA is continuing to work on ways to ensure that a prison hotline would be anonymous so that incarcerated survivors can gain access to services.
Please give CALCASA your feedback.
If you have any feedback or questions regarding the legislation mentioned on this page or other legislation, please contact CALCASA’s Public Policy Associate, Kristina Solberg. Email: Phone: (916) 446-2520 ext. 310