Ashcroft Asks Federal Government to Recognize Address Confidentiality Programs, Strengthen Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft Monday led the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in the adoption of a resolution calling upon the federal government to recognize state address confidentiality pro-grams, like Missouri’s Safe at Home program, and strengthen protections for domestic violence victims.

Partnering with Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, the resolution was passed unanimously. The resolution is a step towards pro-tecting members of Missouri’s Safe at Home program, who were put at risk earlier this year by a judge’s ruling in St. Louis.

“Participants of our Safe at Home program deserve to have the full confidence that their addresses will remain secure and confidential,” Ashcroft said. “Our office will con-tinue to diligently work to strengthen the protections and eliminate any risk of public disclosure of their physical addresses by federal agencies, departments or the judiciary.”

“I am pleased my colleagues and members of NASS have joined this effort to defend those who face very real and constant threats. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman Jason Smith are both committed to partnering with our office to help those who often can’t defend themselves.”