Current Status of VAWA Reauthorization
On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the House voted 286-138 for S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that reauthorizes the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). S. 47, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, was signed into law by President Obama on Thursday, March 7, 2013. This bipartisan legislation improves VAWA programs and strengthen protections for ALL victims of violence. We would like to thank everyone who supported a historic bill that ensures protections for Native, tribal, and immigrant victims. Below is our Press Release on the successful passage of VAWA.
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February 28, 2013
COMPREHENSIVE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA) RECEIVES BIPARTISAN APPROVAL IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
286-138 Vote Reaffirms Congress’s Commitment to Combating Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives brought the Senate passed bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill (VAWA) to the floor and voted 286 to 138 in favor of passage. The success of the bill, which has now passed both the House and Senate, reflects Congress’s commitment to combating domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in a comprehensive manner.
This bipartisan legislation, which will now go to the President for his signature, improves VAWA programs and strengthens protections for all victims of violence. In particular the bill reflects an important commitment to improve protections for Native American victims, immigrants, and LGBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The legislation also includes the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).
Casa de Esperanza has worked hard to secure the passage of a comprehensive VAWA bill through the policy advocacy efforts of its national initiative – the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Casa de Esperanza worked, in collaboration with other national organizations, to ensure the passage of VAWA with the inclusion and improvement of essential remedies for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the improvement of grant programs targeting enhanced culturally and linguistically specific service for Communities of Color.
“Today’s vote represents a victory for all victims of domestic violence,” said Amy Sanchez, Casa de Esperanza Chief Executive for External Relations, “Together, Casa de Esperanza and other national organizations are celebrating the bill’s bipartisan approval and an optimistic future.”
The Leahy (D-VT)-Crapo (R-ID) VAWA reauthorization passed the Senate two weeks ago with the support of 78 Senators, including all Democrats, all women Senators and a majority of Republican Senators. The bill also had the backing of 1300 organizations who signed a letter to Congress asking for a bipartisan and comprehensive VAWA bill with protections for all victims.. Today’s favorable vote in the House of Representatives on a bipartisan version of the bill is largely a result of the continued efforts of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, where Casa de Esperanza serves on the Steering Committee.
“We are celebrating that Congress was able to come together in a bipartisan manner, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, to enhance our nation’s commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault, with a special emphasis on improving protections for marginalized communities,” said Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza’s Director of Public Policy, “and we look forward to continuing to support the implementation of these programs.”
The bipartisan support throughout Congress sends a clear message that the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and the related issues are above political divides. Despite today’s favorable vote, violence against women remains a critical problem in our nation. Casa de Esperanza will continue to passionately support improved prevention and intervention programs for victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families and will continue to advocate for legislation that does the same.
Visit The National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women's website to get up to date information and calls to action.
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Click here to read VAWA Reauthorization 2012