VAWA Reauthorization is on the House floor THIS WEEK!

Action Alert:

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 on the floor of the House THIS WEEK!

The House of Representatives is slated to vote THURSDAY on H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01). H.R.1585 is a reauthorization bill that includes narrowly-focused enhancements to address gaps identified by victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the people who work on the ground with them every day.

Use this NEW TOOLKIT to contact your Representative by phone, by email, or on social media and tell them to vote for H.R. 1585 and AGAINST the Motion to Recommit. And, if your Representative has already co-sponsored the bill, thank them for their commitment to ending gender-based violence! The toolkit contains scripts, talking points, a list of key enhancements, Tweets, Facebook posts, and graphics. 

You can also join our Twitter Storm on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. EST to get the word out that #VAWA19 is headed to a vote on Thursday! 

In addition, in case you missed it, you can listen to a recording of a grassroots VAWA call explaining the contents of H.R.1585 HERE.


When H.R.1585 went through the House Judiciary Committee, several Representatives tried to roll back vital VAWA protections by:

●   Permitting non-Native rapists to prey on Native women on Tribal lands with impunity;

●   Allowing publicly-funded domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to discriminate against survivors and turn away vulnerable victims in need of protection and help; and

●   Taking money away from communities and giving it to organizations like the NRA to teach people how to use guns.

Lawmakers need to take a principled stand and fight for improved access to safety and justice for victims and survivors. We can not let them be frightened off by the gun lobby’s shameful position to oppose H.R. 1585In the era of #MeToo, we have the opportunity to make meaningful positive change to protect and support all survivors. Anything less is unacceptable.

If you have questions or want to report the outcome of your contacts with Members of Congress, please email [email protected].

Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls domestically and internationally. JWI is a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and convenes the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, and is a member of the Gun Violence Table. JWI's advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security, and protects their right to live free of violence.