JWI Applauds Reintroduction of Violence Against Women Act and Urges Congress to Move Quickly to Reauthorize Landmark Law

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January 23, 2013

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Jewish Women International Applauds Reintroduction of Violence Against Women Act and Urges Congress to Move Quickly to Reauthorize Landmark Law

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) introduced S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for another five years. This legislation, which closely mirrors the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate in the 112th Congress, would make significant improvements to the law. Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) also introduced H.R. 11 yesterday, identical legislation to the Senate bill. Applauding the reintroduction of this critical legislation, Jewish Women International’s (JWI) Executive Director Lori Weinstein released the following statement:

“The Violence Against Women Act is a historic law that has benefitted millions of women across the country. The strong, bipartisan reauthorization bill that Senators Leahy and Crapo introduced yesterday will ensure a continued federal government response to the devastating crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This bill not only continues VAWA’s successful programs and services for another five years but also improves access to services for LGBT victims, immigrant women and college students and gives Native women equal access to justice.

“JWI will continue to work closely with our colleagues on the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and in the faith community, as well as with House and Senate leadership, to ensure that Congress acts quickly to pass a bipartisan and inclusive VAWA reauthorization bill early in the 113th Congress.”

Jewish Women International is the leading Jewish organization empowering women and girls through economic literacy, community training, healthy relationships education, and the proliferation of women’s leadership. Our innovative programs, advocacy, and philanthropic initiatives protect the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live in safe homes, thrive in healthy relationships, and realize the full potential of their personal strength. For more information, please visit jwi.org or contact us at 800.343.2823.

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