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Tell Congress VAWA should protect all women!

Posted on 25. May, 2012 by

As an organization that works to uphold civil rights in housing for all people, we are deeply disturbed by the recent passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of a version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that picks and chooses who is protected and who survives. VAWA provides legal protections for survivors of domestic or sexual violence and provides, among other things, access to emergency, transitional and permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence.

While the Violence Against Women Act has enjoyed easy bipartisan reauthorization every year since its passage, legislation just passed by the House (H.R. 4970) guts the law by removing protections for LGBT individualsundocumented, and Native survivors of gender based violence.  It removes confidentiality protections for undocumented immigrant women.   In contrast, the Senate version (S. 1925), includes these important provisions.

Domestic and sexual violence violate women’s rights to physical integrity and all too often, to life itself.  The House version of the VAWA reauthorization bill devalues all women and girls by furthering power dynamics that enable violence against gay, transgender, Native, and undocumented women in particular.

Call Congress right now at (202) 224-3121, and let them know you support final passage of legislation that protects all women.

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