Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania, which is aimed at providing equal rights to crime victims in Pennsylvania by ensuring constitutional protections, announced that State Representative Rep. Michael Schlossberg has been presented the Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award.
The Guardian of Victims’ Rights Awards are presented to people who have served as advocates and ambassadors for crime victims across the state, working to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect. Rep. Schlossberg is one of the co-sponsors of Marsy’s Law legislation, which is seeking an amendment to ensure that the Pennsylvania Constitution enumerates rights for victims of crime.
“An honor like this is a reflection of the hard work put in by many people: victims, family members, law enforcement and advocates alike," said Rep. Schlossberg. "Like other victim-rights’ laws, Marsy’s Law is a reflection of our compassion for those people who have been hurt and have to endure a very stressful system. Somebody needs to be looking out for them.”
The award was recently presented to Rep. Schlossberg during a meeting with Marsy's Law for Pennsylvania, Valley Against Sex Trafficking (VAST), the Crime Victims Council, and Turning Point of Lehigh Valley.
Although the state constitution enumerates rights for individuals accused and convicted of crimes, Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that does not afford the same protections to crime victims. Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) recently introduced House Bill 276 for Marsy’s Law, which was approved by the House of Representatives on April 8, 2019. Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) is sponsoring the bill in the Senate during this legislative session.
For the state constitution to be amended, legislation must pass in two consecutive legislative sessions before being added to the ballot for voter approval. During the 2017-18 legislative session, Marsy’s Law passed unanimously in the state Senate and House.