Collins Receives Victims’ Rights Champion Award

Nov 14, 2019
Press Release

GAINESVILLE—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) was recently awarded the Victims’ Rights Champion Award from Marsy’s Law for Georgia, a victims’ rights group which helped pass a Constitutional Amendment in November 2018 that gives crime victims equal rights.

The Victims’ Rights Champion Award is given to elected officials who have shown support for Marsy’s Law and equal rights for crime victims. Collins received the award for his advocacy on behalf of crime victims and his support for Marsy’s Law.

“I am pleased to see the amendment in effect in Georgia,” said Collins. “Under Marsy’s Law, victims have the right to know the status of their accused attacker in order to ensure that both they and their families are safe.”

“Congressman Doug Collins has been a Marsy’s Law supporter since it was introduced to Georgia,” said Erinn Mahathey, national outreach director for Marsy’s Law for All. “We greatly appreciate Congressman Collins’ dedication to equal rights for all.”

About Marsy’s Law for Georgia

In 2018, Marsy’s Law amended the Georgia State Constitution to include a Bill of Rights for victims of violent crimes during criminal proceedings. The constitutional amendment received broad support and assures rights for victims, including standing to petition a court if they feel that their rights have been violated. Georgia is one of the numerous states across the country that have added Marsy’s Law to their constitutions in recent years. To learn more about Marsy’s Law Georgia, visit Victims and supporters interested in sharing their stories can click here.

About Marsy’s Law

Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas of California who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only one week after her death, Marsy’s mother and brother, Henry T. Nicholas, walked into a grocery store where they were confronted by the accused murderer. The family, who had just come from a visit to Marsy’s grave, was unaware that the accused had been released on bail. In an effort to honor his sister, Dr. Nicholas has made it his life’s mission to give victims and their family’s constitutional protections and equal rights.

Since California's passage of the Victim's Bill of Rights Act of 2008, Marsy's Law legislation has been overwhelmingly approved by voters in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.