Senators Biden and Lugar Urge Passage of I-VAWA

In a powerful guest editorial in today’s edition of The Hill, United States Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) urge their colleagues to support the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). The bipartisan leadership team introduced I-VAWA last October.

The Senators wrote, “Violence against women and girls violates their basic human rights. It prevents girls from going to school, stops women from holding jobs, and limits access to critical healthcare for women and their children.To read the entire guest editorial, click here.

As of June 25th the following Senators are co-sponsors of I-VAWA: Barbara Boxer (D-CA); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Thomas Carper (D-DE); Robert Casey (D-PA); Hillary Clinton (D-NY); Susan Collins (R-ME); Christopher Dodd (D-CT); Pete Domenici (R-NM); Dick Durbin (D-IL); Tim Johnson (D-SD); Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Barbara Mikulski (D-MD); Barack Obama (D-IL); Bernard Sanders (I-VT); Charles Schumer (D-NY); Gordon Smith (R-OR); Olympia Snowe (R-ME); Arlen Specter (R-PA); and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) introduced I-VAWA in the House of Representatives on April 30. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Marshall (D-GA) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) are the House co-sponsors of the bill.

To encourage your Senators or Representative to co-sponsor I-VAWA, click here.

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