IT’S WORKING!!! WE NEED TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!

Your calls and emails telling the House of Representatives that Rep. Sandy Adam’s bill is DANGEROUS to victims are being heard! 

Your advocacy is working!  Just last week the Washington Post did a story on how Representative Sandy Adam’s bill is anti-victim and dangerous.   This story – and others - point to the urgent need for VAWA for all victims and why many advocates think that the Adams bill is wrong because it ignores victims who are not considered the “right” victims – such as sexual assault victims or immigrants – by the GOP.

NTF believes that the Adams bill is dangerous because it decides which victims are worthy of help -- and makes it clear which ones don't "deserve" help.  These provisions are dangerous and roll back the successes of VAWA's first 18 years.  This bill is being scheduled for mark up in the House Judiciary committee TODAY, Tuesday, May 8th.   We have to keep the pressure on and FLOOD the House with emails and calls OPPOSING the bill. 

We must tell our legislators that we strongly oppose the Adams bill.  The Adams bill is DANGEROUS for victims because

  • it claims to support “true victims” but instead further endangers victims by taking away victims' protections - like access to shelter and access to justice
  • it rolls back VAWA protections
  • it abandons Native women, immigrant and LGBT victims 
    •  Women could die from provisions stripping confidentiality for immigrant victims petitioning to keep themselves and their children safe – and we can’t support a bill that would tell an abusive partner where the victim is and what the victim is doing
    • The bill allows batterers on Tribal lands to go free -  and we can’t support a bill that protects batterers on Tribal lands but won't protect victimsThe bill leaves LGBT victims isolated and alone because this bill says LGBT victims are not the “right” victims worthy of help
  • it assumes that small non-profits struggling to shelter and support victims are committing fraud at high rates while nothing supports this claim. Advocates will have to re-direct their attention from victims to paperwork.  The bill wants to grow bureaucracy at the expense of victims' services.  We 
  • it is NOT the REAL VAWA

Instead, we want to see a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims. 

ACTION!!  PLEASE KEEP CALLING AND EMAILING YOUR REPRESENTATIVE & TELL THEM:  

 We oppose the Adams proposal because it is NOT the REAL VAWA and doesn’t include protections for all victims and it rolls back protections for victims of violence. It is DANGEROUS for survivors of violence.   We support a bill like the bi-partisan Senate bill that protects Native victims, immigrant victims, LGBT victims and other marginalized communities.  You must support us in passing the REAL VAWA.”

Tell your friends, family and loved ones to call and email too!  When you email, tell them: 

I strongly oppose the Adams bill because it rolls back VAWA protections, it abandons Native women, immigrant and LGBT victims and it is NOT the REAL VAWA.  I know what violence looks like because my (sister/brother/friend) in my county (or district) was abused (give details).  I don’t want this to happen again.  In honor of _______________, I’m asking you to vote against the Adams bill.

WE NEED TO FLOOD THE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES WITH CALLS AND EMAILS!

 

ACTION!!  MEET WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM ABOUT WHY VAWA MATTERS TO YOU.

We need every representative to understand that this issue impacts their district and their constituents.  Have a meeting with a staffer in your representative’s office and tell them why VAWA is important and why they should oppose Cantor-Adams – it is DANGEROUS for victims, it rolls back VAWA protections, it abandons Native women, immigrant and LGBT victims and it is NOT the REAL VAWA.   Instead, we need a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims.

Use tips from our TOOLKIT to:  work with your community, have legislative visits and reach out to policy makers. 

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