Let's Move Forward!
May 18, 2012
We're proud to be a member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, which sent the following letter to leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives:
Dear Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner, and Minority Leader Pelosi:
As representatives of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, a diverse coalition of thousands of national, state, and local organizations and individuals across the country unified by our commitment to end violence against women, we are writing to urge you to move swiftly to conference and send the President a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that protects all vulnerable victims.
For nearly 20 years, Congress has recognized the severity of violence against women and the need for this landmark federal law's comprehensive approach. VAWA truly provides life-saving protections and services needed by victims and their families. It is unacceptable that this law has become politicized while three women a day are still killed by an intimate partner.
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence - crimes that disproportionately impact women - need a VAWA reauthorization that does not rollback of protections for immigrant women or women of color and their families and includes protections for all victims, specifically the LGBT community and Native women. VAWA must also include the strongest protections for victims on campus and in public housing; protect the ability of criminal justice officials and community stakeholders to provide input to the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Grant Program planning process; and be free of overly burdensome and bureaucratic requirements for victim services providers struggling to be present for every victim every day.
We strongly urge Congress to quickly move past politics and send a VAWA reauthorization bill to the President that he can sign immediately.
National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women