U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, A Republican former prosecutor and judge in Texas, will retire from Congress next year, the Texas Tribune reports. Poe and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) founded the Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus. Poe said he had stressed “giving crime victims a voice, helping to combat human trafficking, and fighting for our constitutional rights and individual liberty.”
During its nine year existence, the victim caucus said it has taken the lead in supporting the federal Crime Victims Fund (VOCA) and Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA). The caucus said it has been instrumental in the enactment of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act, the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, the Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization of 2013, and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.