Representative Jay Inslee
to the House of Representatives
December 17th, 2005
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE APPROPRIATIONS AUTHORIZATION ACT,
FISCAL YEARS 2006 THROUGH 2009
U.S. Representative Jay Inslee to the House of Representatives
December 17, 2005
Mr. CONYERS. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Washington (Mr. Inslee).
Mr. INSLEE. Mr. Speaker, the worst thing a parent can endure is the
loss of a child. And it is important for me, in the context of this
bill, to share the story of Lane and Patti Judson, who lost their
daughter, Crystal, to domestic violence and have turned their sadness
into a will to help other families.
Crystal was murdered by her husband, who was chief of police in Tacoma,
Washington, at the time. We all know what obstacles domestic violence
victims face. But imagine the choices a victim faces when their abuser
is in the very profession that is charged to protect her.
Congress today took steps to address these circumstances and, for the
first time in the country's history, included a grant program in the
reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to help law
enforcement agencies develop procedures for dealing with domestic
crimes committed by their own employees as well as train special
advocates to assist victims like Crystal and her family. Women who have
been victims of domestic violence should not have to stand alone, and
after today, they will not have to.
I thank the Judiciary Committee chair and ranking member; my colleagues
from Washington; advocacy groups; and, most importantly, Lane and Patti
Judson for making this program a reality. Unfortunately, domestic
violence continues to be in all of our communities today. And the
Judson's' courage and conviction remind all of us that we have more
work to do toward finding new solutions to protect families across our
Nation. From a family tragedy, the Judson's have forged a strong
measure to protect families across the Nation. We honor their diligence
and the life of Crystal Judson Brame.