The last Congress let the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expire, which means that women lost essential protections from abusers. As an organization that works to uphold civil rights in housing for all people, we need your help in promoting protections for women and girls.
The U.S. Senate passed it’s version, please take this opportunity to ask House members to do their part, too.
The VAWA provides access to emergency, transitional and permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence. The Senate bill also provides important legal protections for survivors of domestic or sexual violence, including protections for LGBT individuals, undocumented women, and Native survivors of gender-based violence. In addition, the legislation includes help for law enforcement agencies to address the nearly 300,000 rape kits that are backlogged nationwide and waiting to be analyzed.
We wrote about this last year too, and we’ll hope you’ll join us once again in calling on Congress to do the right thing.
Click here to send a letter to your Representative in the House, urging them to take up the bill quickly.