Productive Day At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: POTUS Obama Signs The Violence Against Women Act


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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White House Office Hours: The Violence Against Women Act

 

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March 07, 2013
 
 
 
 

Today, President Obama signed a bill that both strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Thanks to the bipartisan agreement, thousands of victims of domestic violence, sexual assaultdating violence and stalking will be able to access resources they need in their communities to help heal from their trauma.

 

 

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Do you have questions about the Violence Against Women Act? On Friday, March 8th at 3:45 p.m. ET, we’re holding a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter with Valerie JarrettSenior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, to answer your questions.

 

Here’s how it works:

 

To learn more, you can check out a fact sheet on key provisionsin the law and read the President’s remarks. Be sure to follow @WhiteHouse for the latest updates and more opportunities to engage.

 
 
 
 
 
 

No One Should Have to Live in Fear of Violence

 

 

 

President Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act – Full Video

 

Published on Mar 7, 2013

President Obama signs the Violence Against Women Act. He made passing the bill reauthorizing the lapsed law one of his top priorities in his State of The Union Address at the beginning of his second term. Republicans in Congress responded by rising up to prevent further blocking of the bill’s passage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama signs S. 47, the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013,” (VAWA), which reauthorizes several Violence Against Women Act grant programs through FY 2018; and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 through FY 2017, in the Sidney R. Yates Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., March 7, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
 
 
 
 

Ed. note: This article by Valerie Jarrett was first published on the Huffington Post. You can read it hereOn Friday, March 8th at 3:45 p.m. ET, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will participate in a session of White House Office Hours to answers your questions about the Violence Against Women Act on Twitter. Ask questions now with #WHChat, and then follow the Q&A live.

 

 

Today, President Obama signed a bill that both strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Thanks to this bipartisan agreement, thousands of women and men across the country who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking will be able to access resources they need in their communities to help heal from their trauma. In addition, thousands of law enforcement officers will be better equipped to stop violence before it starts, and respond to calls of help when they are needed.

 

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden have steadfastly supported reauthorization—it’s what’s right for our country. We thank Senators Patrick Leahy, Mike Crapo, and Patty Murray and Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Gwen Moore for guiding this legislation to passage.

 

 

For the past 18 years, since Vice President Biden initially wrote the Act in 1994, VAWA has helped to decrease the rates of domestic violence across the country. Three years ago, our federal interagency group on violence against women began meeting to consider gaps in our country’s response to this violence and make recommendations to Congress to fill those gaps. We are proud that many of these recommendations were included in the final bill. Now, we will be better equipped to recognize violence in its early stages, and help to reduce the number of domestic violence homicides.

 

 

The reauthorization also makes a strong effort to address the extraordinarily high rates of violence among our young people. Last week, in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, I had the opportunity to speak, along with Vice President Biden, at an event with families of victims of dating violence, and youth and organizations. It was incredibly encouraging to see people of all ages united in the fight against teen dating violence.

 

 

I am proud to say that now, teens and young adults will have better access to prevention and intervention programs to help break the cycle of violence aground the country. Studies have shown that one in five women will be the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault while they are in college. We need to find a way to help these young scholars be able to focus on growing and learning, instead of being fearful of being assaulted on campus. This Act will help by requiring colleges and universities to provide information to students about dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and improve data collection about these crimes. We call on all of our colleges and universities to make ending sexual assault a top priority.

 

In addition, the bill removes barriers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) victims, whose needs are often overlooked by law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and victim service providers. 

 

 

We are also thrilled that Congress held the line and maintained protections for battered immigrants and took the important step of also reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in this same legislation.

 

 

Finally and very importantly, VAWA will bring justice for Native American victims. Rates of domestic violence perpetrated on Native American women are among the highest in the country. VAWA will help to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the tribal justice system and bring perpetrators of violence to justice.

 

 

No one should have to live in fear of violence, especially in her home, and VAWA affirms that belief. Today’s signing ensures that victims and survivors can continue to be provided the vital resources they deserve. Our country is better off for it.

 
 
 
 
 

Doubling Down on the Fight against Human Trafficking

 

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March 07, 2013

 

 

Today President Obama signed into law a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, a reaffirmation of our nation’s commitment to putting a stop to violence against women and other vulnerable groups.  Since the Violence Against Women Act first became law in 1994, domestic violence in the United States has dropped by 64%. Today’s reauthorization will bring to bear new tools to aid law enforcement and provide support to victims.  Congress passed the law with bipartisan support, and it’s something that all Americans should be proud of.

 

 

And there is even more good news to report.

 

 

Because as part of the bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, today President Obama also signed into law the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which reauthorizes the landmark legislation that provides critical support to law enforcement, victims support providers, and U.S. diplomats to fight modern slavery at home and abroad. On September 25, 2012, the President declared in a speech dedicated to human trafficking that the fight against modern slavery is “one of the great human rights causes of our time” and pledged that the United States would continue to lead the global effort to eradicate this crime.  In that speech, the President called on Congress to renew the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.  Thanks to the leadership of key Members of Congress, including Senator Patrick Leahy, Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Gwen Moore, this goal became a reality. 

 

 

Under President Obama’s leadership, and in coordination with state and local authorities, the U.S. government is making the fight against modern slavery a new priority. We’re working with stakeholders at every level of government, with NGOs and faith leaders, and with the private sector on increasing outreach, protections, and services for child victims, focusing attention on supply chains to curb labor trafficking, and leveraging technology to stop traffickers and protect the innocent.

 

 

The TVPRA will provide additional means to forward this agenda at home and around the world. 

 

 

On the global stage, the TVPRA will offer increased support to the State Department’s diplomatic engagement—work that has been critical to building awareness around the world for the anti-trafficking movement over the last decade.  At the same time, the law bolsters protections for vulnerable children and domestic workers.  It seeks to reward effective partnerships that bring services to survivors and put traffickers behind bars.  And it supports the development of effective laws by partner countries to hold accountable anyone who robs another of their freedom, whether that trafficker is a pimp, a corrupt labor recruiter, or even a diplomat.

 

 

Here at home, the TVPRA will enhance the protections we’ve long offered immigrant victims of trafficking.  It will enable agencies across the federal government to better share information, and to get that information out to those who need it most—victims, survivors, and those at risk.  The new TVPRA also increases support for investigations and prosecutions.  Law enforcement and justice officials will now be able to use organized crime provisions to crack down on fraudulent foreign labor recruiters, and new provisions will make it easier to pursue cases in which traffickers have confiscated immigration documents from foreign victims.

 

 

The TVPRA will allow the Department of Justice and its partners to continue and build on existing programs, such as specialized Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams currently at work in select pilot districts around the country.  It will also further the development of a federal strategic action plan to strengthen services for trafficking victims and help to preserve and protect the human rights of children and adults in the United States and around the world.

 

 

And as the global anti-trafficking movement continues to grow, the TVPRA will enable innovative new programs.  Those of us in the government will work to develop the tools and techniques that will carry this effort forward for years to come, whether changing the way we deliver support to child victims or harnessing new technologies to improve trafficking investigations and prosecutions.  The key to these innovations will be partnerships—among governments, the private sector, civil society, the faith community, and any other stakeholder committed to putting a stop to modern slavery. 

 

 

These partnerships will be essential moving forward.  Bringing more groups and individuals into the struggle for freedom is key to our future success. All of us share a responsibility to combat slavery, no matter what form it takes.  The TVPRA signed into law today is a call for all Americans to take up that responsibility, and to continue the work of building a world free from slavery.

 

 

Luis CdeBaca is Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking at the U.S. Department of State. Thomas E. Perez is Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

 
 
 
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President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up after signing the Violence Against Women Act as he is joined by Vice President Joe Biden and members of women’s organizations, law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, survivors, advocates and members of Congress, at the Interior Department on March 7, 2013. The law strengthens the criminal justice system’s response to crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Violence Against Women Act

 

While tremendous progress has been made since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first enacted, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are still significant problems facing women, families, and communities.The new VAWA bill signed into law by President Obama March 7, 2013 will continue effective programs, make targeted expansions to address the needs of especially vulnerable populations, and help prevent violence in future generations.

 

 

 

Dating Violence Resources


If you are having an emergency, please call 911. If you have been abused and need help, please reach out to the Dating Abuse Helpline by phone call (1-866-331-9474), text (text “loveis” to 77054) or online chat.


 

 

Teens/Young Adults

 

  • Understanding Teen Dating Violence: Fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control explaining what dating violence is; how dating violence affects health; who is at risk for dating violence; and how to prevent dating violence.

 

 

  • Relationship Safety: Questions and answers from GirlsHealth.gov to help understand how to spot an unhealthy relationship and what to do if you or a friend is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship.

 

  • What is Rape?: Information from GirlsHealth.gov about what rape and sexual assault are, what you should know about date rape drugs, who you can call for help, and tips on how to protect yourself.

 

 

 

  • Sexual Assault Fact Sheet: Information from WomensHealth.gov on what sexual assault is, what to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted, where to go for help, how to lower your risk of sexual assault, and how to help someone who has been sexually assaulted.

 

Parents

 

 

  • Break the Silence: Stop the Violence: Video from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in which parents talk with teens about developing healthy, respectful relationships before they start dating.

 


Schools

 

  • Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention: Free online course from VetoViolence.org available to educators and others working with teens. The 60 minute training video includes information on how to: understand teen dating violence and its consequences; identify factors that can place teens at risk for dating violence; and communicate with teens about the importance of healthy relationships;

 

 

  • Campus Sexual Assault Guidance: Guidance from the Department of Education explaining that the requirements of Title IX cover sexual violence and reminds of their responsibilities to take immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual violence in accordance with the requirements of Title IX.

 

 


Community

 

 

 

  • Outreach Posters: Outreach posters from the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime promote community awareness of victims’ rights, including posters on violence against women, stalking, and domestic abuse.

 


Latest Research

 

  • CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): On December 14, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) 2010 Summary Report.  The findings show that, on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.  Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story –1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetimes, the vast majority before the age of 25.These findings demonstrate that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are important and widespread public health problems in the United States.  The report underscores the heavy toll of this violence, particularly on women; the immediate impacts of victimization; and the lifelong health consequences of these forms of violence. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Barack Speaks On Sequester Mess


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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President Obama Delivers Remarks on Sequester Cuts Mean Job Loss

 

 

Published on Mar 1, 2013

President Obama Delivers Remarks on Sequester Cuts Mean Job Loss
A fiscal deadline all but blown, President Barack Obama says he once again wants to seek a big fiscal deal that would raise taxes and trim billions from expensive and ever growing entitlement programs. But with automatic federal spending cuts ready to start taking their toll, the path toward that grand bargain Obama campaigned on last year has significantly narrowed.

 

The president has summoned the top bipartisan congressional leadership to the White House, a meeting designed to give all sides a chance to stake out their fiscal positions with a new threat of a government shutdown less than four weeks away. There were no expectations of a breakthrough.

 

But for Obama, Friday’s session would be his first opportunity to spell out his 10-year, $1.5 trillion deficit reduction plan in a face-to-face meeting with congressional allies and adversaries.

 

His chances are squeezed by anti-tax conservatives, by liberals unwilling to cut into Medicare and Social Security, and by a Republican leadership that has dug in against any new revenue after ceding to Obama’s demands two months ago for a higher tax rate for top income earners.

 

On Thursday, two ill-fated proposals aimed at blunting the blame over the cuts — one Democratic and the other Republican — failed to overcome procedural hurdles in the Senate. Obama placed the responsibility on Republicans.

 

“They voted to let the entire burden of deficit reduction fall squarely on the middle class,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Impact of the Sequester

 

Published on Feb 26, 2013

President Obama highlights the devastating impact of automatic budget cuts on jobs and middle class families if Congressional Republicans fail to compromise to avert the sequester. February 26, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Sequester

 

Published on Feb 19, 2013

President Obama urges Congress to take action to avoid the automatic budget cuts scheduled to hit next Friday if lawmakers fail to find a path forward on balanced deficit reduction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OBAMA RE ELECTED

 

UniteWomen.org And The Suffrage Centennial Celebration


By Jueseppi B.

 

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UniteWomen.org has accomplished so much in just over ten months thanks to our thousands of volunteers and those following us on social media.
 

One of our initial goals that still remains true is to provide information to people on the issues and legislation affecting women’s rights and civil rights. We are very proud that through social media, we have been able to do just that. We reach over 18 million people on our Facebook page alone! That does not take into account Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. All of you following us on social media have played a huge role in making people aware of the issues by sharing what we post and that was born out in the results of the November election. We have all made a difference and we thank you!

 

While we were founded on social media and do all of our work here, many may not realize the structure we have in place beyond our social media platforms. Imagine an office building with 250 floors. Each floor has a department. UniteWomen.org works and organizes in over 250 different Facebook groups and holds meetings with volunteers from across the country in real time on Google Hangout. Our office building is on Facebook!

 

Each State has a Community Group and an Organizing Group. Additionally, we have groups set up for all of the State, Regional and National Directors to engage with each other as well as interaction with the other groups. In addition to an entire Campus Division, we have groups for graphics, 12 monthly task force campaigns, legislative research, video editing, each national campaign, each social media platform, fundraising, and much more. 

 

Our first 10 weeks, we organized and implemented 55 rallies in 45 states across the country “Unite Against The War On Women”. Many of you were there and those rallies were the beginning of our work. What have we done and are doing outside of “just posting” on our social media platforms? 

 

• registered people to vote
• hold protests against specific legislation
• hold candlelight vigils for victims
• volunteer to be clinic escorts
• donate at Domestic Violence Shelters
• organize self defense classes
• organize domestic violence worker appreciation events
• meet with State legislators
• hold film screenings on specific issues
• organized educational candidate events
• table at various events and conferences
• create and work with other organizations in state specific coalitions
• created the series of videos “In Their Own Words” and other original videos
• co-created the “We Are Good Women” campaign
• national and state leaders speak at events and conferences on many issues affecting women’s and civil rights
• hosted virtual and physical debate parties during the campaign season
• take state specific actions on each of our monthly awareness campaigns
• spoke and participated in a coalition protesting women’s issues at the Republican National Convention
• attended various events at the Democratic National Convention
• participated in many gay pride events across the country
• coordinate email, phone banking, and twitter bombing campaigns on numerous issues
• highlight and promote other organizations’ actions
• generate original graphics to be used on and off line
• participating in One Billion Rising and other V-Day events
• participating in the Silver Ribbon campaign celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade
• expanding outreach to audiences and organizations beyond the “normal women’s and civil rights” audience and organizations in order to grow awareness of issues affecting women and the LGBT community
• researching and compiling a database of ALL women’s and civil rights legislation
• expanding the Campus Division to grow awareness and participation of young adults in women’s and civil rights issues
• expanding our reach of 20 countries outside of the U.S. to educate and build awareness globally.

 

Since the election, we have been primarily working behind the scenes developing our 2013 plan which now encompasses the reauthorization of VAWA, co-hosting and creating the social media campaign of the Suffrage Centennial Celebration in D.C. March 1-3 and are in the process of building and managing the website for that historical event as well. In addition we made the announcement of a major initiative we will be launching in regards to the ERA and look forward to working with other organizations on this endeavor. We have developed an awareness campaign for each month starting with January’s Human Trafficking and Stalking. None of this takes into account our continuing to react to the attacks made from D.C. and States on women and civil rights.

 

We have over a thousand people working on the national and state levels planning all of these actions and more. They are all volunteers not only dedicating their time but their resources to develop the materials in order to accomplish our goals. 

 

The scope of the work for the Suffrage Centennial in part, includes handling all social media for the event, building and maintaining the website, co-hosting a day of panels and exhibits, planning the rally, creating merchandise for the event, creating brochures and physical information about UniteWomen.org, the Suffrage movement, and the ERA. While we are still in discussions with other groups about the ERA, we will be moving a core group of women to D.C. and looking for long term housing in order to protest daily in front of Congress until the ERA is passed. 

 

We are just over 10 months old and have been so focused on our goals and campaigns that we have not taken the time to focus on funding. Volunteers have provided the funding for most of these events and campaigns out of their pockets with minimal funding from outside donations. We have always needed help with funding for basic operating expenses and materials but now have a need for much more. The expense of the Suffrage and ERA efforts go well beyond basic expenses. In addition, we have been limited from moving forward on our “wish list” due to lack of funds. We’ve accomplished so much with little to no funding but there is so much more we could do. You can help by volunteering in any of our groups and/or donating by going to www.unitewomen.org

 

We have worked with a number of organizations on the state and national level. The more traditional organizations bring different strengths to the effort than UniteWomen.org and those strengths complement each other. We honor and commend those organizations and women who share in our commitment to work for women’s rights, and look forward to continuing to work with them and other groups in the future.

 
 

Find and join the UniteWomen.org Community group in your state!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Order your Suffrage Centennial buttons, patches, bracelets, replicas of the original sashes from 1913, t-shirts and totes! Have a piece of history!

 

And please share with your friends!

 

IF YOU ARE COMING TO DC for the Suffrage Centennial Celebration you can email us at info@UniteWomen.org to arrange pick up of your items. IF YOU ARE NOT coming to DC then expect 4-6 weeks delivery.

 

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VAWA: Offensive, Sexist And Ignorant; Representative John “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr (R-TN).


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Want to know why the Violence Against Women Act has gone nowhere in Congress? Because Congress is filled with people like Representative John “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr (R-TN).

 

Yesterday, during an interview about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Rep. Duncan said that “like most men, I’m more opposed to violence against women than even violence against men, because most men can handle it a little better than a lot of women can.”[1]

 

What?!? Abuse is wrong, no matter who the target is. Being protected from a violent partner doesn’t make a woman weak. Period.

 

Comments like this promote the very dangerous idea that some people don’t need protection, and that those who do are somehow weak. Rep Duncan’s comments are offensive, sexist and ignorant and they are disturbingly reminiscent of the attitudes Representatives Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock showed towards women last year with their comments about rape.[2]

 

Even worse, Rep. Duncan says he isn’t sure whether he’ll support reauthorization of VAWA.[3]  Speaker John Boehner must make sure Rep. Duncan apologizes immediately on the House floor, and then Rep. Duncan must show he’s serious about protecting all people from abuse by signing on as a cosponsor of the expanded Violence Against Women Act now. These comments were published in the press late yesterday and a firestorm is beginning to develop. When elected officials say dangerous and offensive things, they must be held accountable–otherwise we’ll never make progress on important issues like VAWA. If all of us add our names right now, we can make sure he makes this right–but we need to act quickly. Can you sign the petition?

 

 

Sign the petition demanding Rep. Duncan apologize and cosponsor VAWA. 

 

 

Rep. Duncan’s comments are not just offensive, they’re also dangerous. While conservatives in the House continue to block VAWA, shelters, domestic violence hotlines and other key service providers are left to wonder how long they’ll be able to keep their doors open.[4] Domestic violence is a real problem in this country–three women die each day at the hands of an intimate partner.[5]

 

Over the past two decades, this life-saving law has been expanded every time it’s come up for renewal. Those expansions have never been controversial until last year when the Tea Party-controlled House blocked it from passing over new protections for the most underserved communities. Now, extremists in the House are continuing to block the bill while countless women’s lives are hanging in the balance.[6]

 

Here are just a few of the ways that VAWA has helped to curb domestic violence:[7]

 

 

  • Strengthened federal penalties for repeat sex offenders and created a federal “rape shield law,” which prevents offenders from using survivors’ past sexual conduct against them at trial.
  • Trained over 500,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges every year to ensure they understand the realities of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Established the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which has answered over 3 million calls and receives over 22,000 calls every month; 92% of callers report that it’s their first call for help.

 

 

And the results have been clear–since 1994 when it passed, domestic violence has declined 67%.[8]

 

Rep. Duncan’s comments show just how out of touch he is with women, and with the reality of domestic violence. Can you sign the petition urging him to apologize, and show that he’s serious about protecting all people from abuse by signing on as a cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Act?

 

Sign the petition today.

 

Thanks for speaking out,

 

Nita, Shaunna, Kat, and Karin, the UltraViolet team

 

 

Sources:

1. John Duncan On VAWA: Most Men Can Handle Violence Better Than Most Women, Huffington Post, February 19, 2013

2. GOP’s Akin, Mourdock lose Senate elections, Washington Post, November 7, 2012

3. John Duncan On VAWA: Most Men Can Handle Violence Better Than Most Women, Huffington Post, February 19, 2013

4. The Violence Against Women Act is on life support, Washington Post, Jan 25, 2013

5. Each Day 3 Women Die Because of Domestic Violence, National Network to End Domestic Violence

6. Leahy, Crapo Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize The Landmark Violence Against Women Act, Senator Leahy Press Release, January 22, 2013

The Violence Against Women Act is on life support, Washington Post, Jan 25, 2013

7. Factsheet: The Violence Against Women Act, The White House, accessed January 24, 2013

8. Ibid.
 

 

 


 

 

 

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Violence Against Women Act Updates


 

 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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We did it! On Tuesday the Senate came through and passed a strong version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), legislation that supports women facing violence and exploitation.

 

Now more than ever the House of Representatives needs to hear our billion voices rising — and this is going to be a much tougher fight. Last year, the House gutted the inclusive VAWA and let politics get in the way of women’s human rights. It’s time for the new House to put partisanship aside and the rights of ALL women first.

 

Send your Representative a clear Valentine’s Day message: The time to pass an inclusive VAWA is now! 

 

Thank you,

Cristina Finch
Managing Director, Women’s Human Rights Program
Amnesty International USA

 

 

 

Demand an Inclusive VAWA for ALL Women

 

 

We need a Violence Against Women Act that protects all women, including Native American and Alaska Native women, immigrant women and LGBT individuals.Send Congress a clear Valentine’s Day message: the time to pass an inclusive VAWA is now!

 

 

Good news! This week the U.S. Senate is poised to pass a strong, inclusive and bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that will support women facing violence and exploitation in the United States.

 

But our work is far from done, and we must act quickly. Every day that goes by without this critical legislation moving forward in the House of Representatives is one more day that women’s safety hangs in the balance.

 

This Valentine’s Day, deliver your legislators a message they can’t ignore. Tell Congress the time is now to pass an inclusive Violence Against Women Act.

 

This year MUST be different.

 

 

Congress failed women last year by letting the Violence Against Women Act become a lightning rod for partisan squabbles, ultimately dooming the bill for the first time since 1994. The House version of last year’s VAWA left out protections for three communities that currently face disproportionate levels of violence and barriers to obtaining justice:

  • 1 in 3 Native American and Alaska Native women will be raped in her lifetime. And when the perpetrator is a non-Native man — as in 86% of cases — a complex maze of jurisdictional issues can significantly delay the process of prosecuting the crime, or even allow the perpetrator to escape justice altogether.
  • Immigrant women often face higher rates of sexual harassment and domestic abuse — but when it comes to reporting these crimes and seeking justice, they have few legal rights and little protection from abusers who would exploit their immigration status.
  • LGBT violence survivors face discrimination when attempting to access potentially life-saving social services — discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

 

We think the new Congress might be the one — the one that will put partisan politics aside and pass an inclusive VAWA. But this bill can’t move forward if we don’t speak out for justice.

 

Deliver a Valentine’s Day message to Congress: All women deserve to live a life free from violence.

 

Sincerely,

Cristina Finch
Managing Director, Women’s Human Rights Program
Amnesty International USA

 

P.S. Send all 3 human rights Valentines this year! Our VAWA Valentine joins others calling on the NRA to drop its opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty and calling on President Obama to either charge or release a Guantanamo detainee who has been held without charge for 11 years. Take action and share for human rights this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

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