Getting the Word Out

Supporters of the OCVA Make Some Noise Before Primaries

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It’s been an exciting few weeks for those of us working to pass the Omnibus Child Victim’s Act (OCVA), with consecutive rallies taking place throughout New York state – and the primaries taking place tomorrow!

First up was a rally in Mount Kisco to support Ali Boak, who’s running for the 40th district of the New York State Senate. Ali is a vocal proponent of the OCVA, which comes as no surprise given her impressive track record. A Fulbright Scholar and Peace Corps volunteer, she’s an internationally recognized expert on human trafficking and the creator of anti-trafficking training programs for Homeland Security and the FBI. She’s been a fierce critic of the corruption and dishonesty so prevalent in Albany, and hers is exactly the kind of voice needed to create legal and social change.

Following Ali’s rally, the troops headed South to Manhattan for a joint rally to support the candidacy of Dominican activists Marisol Alcántara and Carmen De La Rosa. Their campaign aims to put Alcántara in the 31st district of the State Senate, and de La Rosa in District 72 of the Assembly.

Both have been true champions of the rights of women and immigrants, and if elected, Alcántara would be the sole Latina serving in the State Senate. Both have pledged their support for the OCVA, with de la Rosa saying: “I am ready to stand up for victims of past abuse and fight to support strong legislation to give them the justice they deserve.”

As mentioned, the primaries take place Tuesday September 12th so stay tuned as we cover the results of an election that could be a defining moment in the passing of the Omnibus Child Victim’s Act.

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