Congress Passes Violence Against Women Act
We are pleased to announce that the House of Representatives has passed the reauthorization of a comprehensive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)! This is tremendous news, and a very happy day here at Futures.
With strong bipartisan support, this vote clears the way for President Obama to sign VAWA into law, ensuring critical funding for programs that support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, education and training for the judges and lawyers who prosecute these crimes, and much more.
Crucially, the legislation that passed was an inclusive VAWA, guaranteeing that LGBTQ, Native American, and immigrant communities will not be overlooked. The bill also included the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a law designed to prevent trafficking, aid victims, and hold traffickers accountable in court.
We express our deepest gratitude to the 286 Representatives who came together to vote yes on the inclusive, bipartisan Senate bill. We extend special thanks to Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI), Representative John Conyers (D-MI), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for steadfastly demanding a VAWA that protects all women. In the Senate, the bill’s co-sponsors, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Mike Crapo(R-ID), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) deserve special recognition as well.
And of course, thank you to all of our supporters, partners, and service providers who helped make this achievement possible!