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President Biden on Thursday signed legislation to replenish the Crime Victims Fund, which provides grants for victim services.

Why it matters: Biden noted in remarks prior to the signing that the fund was "depleted" in recent years and the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act will give it a new source of revenue.

  • The bill saw widespread bipartisan support, with the Senate voting to pass the measure unanimously on Tuesday and the House passage in March, 384-38.

State of play: The Crime Victims Fund was created in 1984 by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

  • Biden said Thursday that in 2019 the fund helped provide grants for 230,000 victims of abuse and gave money to "states, territories and tribes to support thousands of service organizations" for abuse victims.
  • "This fund doesn't take a dime of taxpayers' money. It uses fines and penalties paid for by convicted federal criminals," Biden said.

Yes, but: Fines from deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements did not previously supply money to the Victim Crimes Fund.

The big picture: The bill will also increase state compensation payments to victims by 15%, per the legislation.

  • Biden noted that money from the fund helps ameliorate the "economic costs" placed on victims of abuse, which can include "medical costs, lost productivity from work and navigating the court system," Biden said.

What they're saying: "When someone commits a crime, it's not enough to bring the predator to justice. We also need to support the victims," Biden said.

  • "This bill is going to allow us to make sure that all the fines and penalties that are from federal cases go into the crime victims fund to rebuild this fund, because it's badly needed."
  • "This is going to enable us to provide more help and support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, trafficking, and other crimes, all across America."

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U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

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State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).