Tell Congressional Leadership: Get A Final VAWA Passed!

Do it now, do it right, do your job!

We need to push Congress to act on VAWA before it’s too late! And the VAWA that is passed MUST be the real VAWA that serves ALL victims and contains NO rollbacks to the current VAWA. As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over. We need you to work out a way to go to conference and send a bill to the President that closely mirrors the bipartisan Senate-passed bill, S. 1925, the REAL VAWA. Victims of violence and the counseling, medical, law enforcement and service provider professionals who serve them are relying on you to pass an inclusive VAWA bill- we have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. 

 

ACTION 1: PLEASE CONTACT HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP WITH THIS MESSAGE TODAY! We are holding leaders of both parties responsible for making this happen.

ACTION 2: LEARN ABOUT OUR NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION FOR VAWA FROM JUNE 26TH to JULY 4TH! SEE DETAILS BELOW ABOUT PLANNING EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.  

 

ACTION 1:  CALL HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP AND INSIST THAT THEY STOP THE POSTURING, SOLVE THE PROCEDURAL PROBLEMS AND MOVE QUICKLY TO CONFERENCE.  Tell them:   

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.  By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

 

  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

 

Action 2: PARTICIPATE IN OUR NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION FOR VAWA!

On June 26th a Rally on Capitol Hill will launch the national VAWA Days of Action campaign that will last until July 4th.  We call upon you to organize vigils, rallies and local actions in your communities and at your Congressional District offices to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized. Now is the time to show Congress how important VAWA is to victims, survivors and advocates across the country.  Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out.  Start your local planning efforts today! More details to come.

 

Thank you - as always for your great work! 

  • We’ve had more than 55,000 visits to our website!  Contine to visit 4vawa.org  for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters, and updates. 
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

Congress MUST pass a Violence Against Women Act!

Doing nothing is not an option. Take Action!

Everyone has done a great job with your meetings, letters to the editors, calls and emails. We are working on a final push to get Congress to pass VAWA.  During the next three weeks your efforts are essential and will determine the passage of the Real VAWA.

In these final days Congress must see a groundswell that cannot be ignored.  We are issuing a call for a National Day of Action on Tuesday, June 26th to reauthorize the real VAWA.  On that day we will be organizing a national action on Capitol Hill and local actions across this country.  Every justice loving person is needed now to raise their voice and tell Congress not to go backward but move forward to reauthorize the Real VAWA.

We need to get a VAWA passed that protects ALL victims!  Your calls, emails, letters and tweets are working and now is the time to take it a step further.  We want to show Congress how important this is to victims, survivors and advocates across the country.  So please save the date for a NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION – JUNE 26, 2012.  We will be sending more information to you shortly but want to make sure you get this date on your calendar and tell your members, constituents, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking!

Lastly, we know there has been a lot of news about a technical “blue slip” problem with the Senate bill.  We fully expect to get this issue resolved so that both the House and the Senate bills will be considered during discussions to craft a final version of VAWA and get it to the President.  We know that ALL victims need protection and we want to tell the world why on the National Day of Action!

 

Thank you – as always for your great work!

  • We’ve had over 53,000 visits to our website!  Make sure to continute to visit our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters, and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to Sean Black, sblack@icasa.org.

Tell Your Members of Congress: Get VAWA Done!

 Doing nothing is NOT an option!

Congress needs to keep hearing about VAWA! Please contact your own Senators and Representatives and House and Senate leadership today with a simple message:

Your work on VAWA is NOT over. We need you to go to conference and send a bill to the President that closely mirrors the bipartisan Senate-passed bill, S. 1925, the REAL VAWA. Victims of violence and the professionals who serve them are relying on you to pass an inclusive VAWA bill-- doing nothing is NOT an option!

ACTION 1: Urge your Representatives and Senators to go to conference and swiftly pass a VAWA that includes all victims!

ACTION 2: Contact House and Senate leadership to urge them to stop stalling on VAWA and go to conference to produce a VAWA that includes all victims!

ACTION 1:  PLEASE CONTACT– BY PHONE, EMAIL, AT A TOWN HALL MEETING OR VISIT IN-PERSON AT THE DC OR DISTRICT OFFICE - YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES. Use these links to find contact information for your Representatives and Senators, and tell them:

I/we urge you to encourage your party’s leaders to move swiftly to a conference on VAWA and send the President a bill that closely mirrors S. 1925, a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill that protects all vulnerable victims. Victims of violence and the professionals who serve them cannot afford to wait any longer to see this bill passed. Stalemate is not an option. I/we strongly urge Congress to move quickly to conference and send an inclusive VAWA reauthorization bill to the President’s desk to sign.

ACTION 2:  CALL HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP AND TELL THEM TO MOVE QUICKLY TO CONFERENCE.  Tell them: 

You must pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence. Doing nothing is not an option- the only option is acting NOW to pass VAWA.

  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542 
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 225-2541

Thank you.  As always for your great work!

  • We’ve had over 51,000 visits to our website!  Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to Sean Black, sblack@icasa.org.

Tell your Congressperson - get the Real VAWA to the President!

S. 1925 is the bill that health, law enforcement and service professionals – along with thousands of advocates in every state and community - contributed to and support.

Thank you to all of you who we know are working every day to get the real VAWA enacted.   Your work is paying off! 

  • Congress needs to keep hearing about VAWA!  NTF supports the enactment of S. 1925, the REAL VAWA.  The Senate bill includes your recommendations and the recommendations of thousands of victim services experts across the country and improves protections for victims. 
  • The House bill includes dangerous provisions which fundamentally alter and weaken key tenets of VAWA and does not address the most urgent needs of victims.  It fundamentally changes the purpose of VAWA.
  • Both bills will be brought to conference so that both the House and Senate leaders can agree on a bill to send to the President – we need to tell our legislators that they need to reject the exclusionary and harmful House bill and send S. 1925 to the President because it protects ALL victims.

ACTION 1:  There are significant differences in the Senate and House bill – and the NTF supports the Senate bill because it supports ALL survivors AND does not roll back existing protections in the law.  Please take action to urge your legislators to send S. 1925 to the President.

ACTION 2:  Your letters to the editor helped tremendously!  Keep them coming – send a letter to the editor today!

 

ACTION 1:  PLEASE CONTACT – BY PHONE, EMAIL, AT A TOWN HALL MEETING OR VISIT IN-PERSON AT THE DC OR DISTRICT OFFICE - YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES.  (Use these links to find contact information for your Representative and Senators). Tell them:

I/we urge you to encourage your party’s leaders to move swiftly to a conference or agreement on VAWA and send the President S. 1925, which is a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill that protects all vulnerable victims. S. 1925 includes the input and recommendations of – and support of - thousands of advocates across the country and protects ALL victims.  H.R. 4970 ROLLS BACK protections for victims, it EXCLUDES victims of violence and it REJECTS AND IGNORES input of thousands of experienced victim service advocates. There is still time for you to support a VAWA that protects ALL victims. I strongly urge Congress to quickly move past politics and send S. 1925 to the President so that victims everywhere are protected.

In particular we need to reach the legislators who believed they were voting for VAWA but made the wrong decision in the House and urge them to stand up for the real VAWA and pledge their support for a final bill that encompasses all the protections, programs and services found in the Senate bill.  Please reach out especially to the following Representatives who voted for H.R. 4970,  the WRONG VAWA in the House, and tell them they have the chance to support the real VAWA and stand up for ALL victims. 

  • Barrow, John (D- Georgia 12th), 202 225 2823
  • Berkley, Shelley (D – Nevada 1st), 225 5965 
  • Boren, Dan (D – Oklahoma 2nd), 202 225-2701
  • Matheson, Jim (D – Utah 2nd), 202 225 3011
  • McIntyre, Mike (D – North Carolina 7th), 202 225 2731
  • Peterson, Collin (D – Minnesota 7th), 202 225 2165

 

We also need to thank those who stood with us and voted AGAINST H.R. 4970.  Please let these legislators know that you appreciate their support for ALL victims and their courage in voting against the bad House bill and ask for their continued support for the real VAWA found in the Senate bill:

  • Amash, Justin (R– Michigan 3rd), 202 225 3831
  • Bartlett, Roscoe (R – Maryland 6th),,202 225 2721
  • Bass, Charles (R – New Hampshire 2nd), 202 225 5206
  • Berg, Rick (R – North Dakota at-large), 202 225 2611
  • Biggert, Judy (R – Illinois 13th), 202 225 3515  
  • Davis, Geoff (R – Kentucky 4th), 202 225 3465
  • Diaz-Balart, Mario (R – Florida 21st), 202 225 4211
  • Dold, Robert (R  – Illinois 10th), 202 225 4835
  • Garrett, Scott (R – New Jersey 5th), 202 225 4465
  • Gosar, Paul (R – Arizona 1st), 202 225 2315
  • Hanna, Richard (R – New York 24th) 202 225 3665
  • Huelskamp, Tim (R – Kansas 1st), 202 225 1601
  • LaTourette, Steven (R – Ohio 14th), 202 225 5731
  • McClintock, Tom – California 4th), 202 225 2511
  • Meehan, Patrick (R – Pennsylvania 7th), 202 225 2011
  • Platts, Todd (R – Pennsylvania 19th), 202 225 5836
  • Poe, Ted (R – Texas 2nd), 202 225 4302
  • Rivera, David (R – Florida 25th), 202 225 2778
  • Rohrabacher, Dana (R – California 46th), 202 225 2415
  • Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R – Florida 18th), 202 225 3931
  • Wolf, Frank (R – Virginia 10th), 202 225 5136

Please reiterate the above message – and feel free to use these talking points, which point out why S. 1925 is the Real VAWA and how H.R. 4970 ROLLS BACK protections for victims. For example, H.R. 4970:

  • FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGES THE PURPOSE OF VAWA - REJECTS the input of thousands of advocates who say that S. 1925 is the bill that will serve victims the best and TAKES OUT the provisions in VAWA that allow for advocates to engage in a community coordinated state implementation plan under STOP.  Instead, H.R. 4970 gives administrators permission to
    ignore consultations with community organizations in planning their VAWA programs and spending.
  • EXCLUDES victims:  H.R. 4970 entirely excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) victims; limits the U visa program, barring the use of unused visas, AND WILL PUNISH victims WHO WORK with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice; fails to address the crisis of violence against American Indian women by not recognizing tribal court authority to hold perpetrators accountable. This bill takes away the ability of all Communities of Color to addressviolence against women  in their communities and rolls back on resources for Women of Color and their communities that were gained in 2005. Because it excludes the most vulnerable victims, H.R. 4970 creates a host of protections for abusers.
  • TAKES MONEY FROM VICTIMS SERVICE PROVIDERS and spends it on more bureaucracy.

 

ACTION 2:  SEND A LETTER TO THE EDITOR. 

Your letters to the editor were instrumental in the progress we’ve made so far – keep them coming!  Use this sample letter and send it to your local paper.

To the Editor,

Congress has yet to send the Violence Against Women Act to the President for his signature.  The Senate bill, S. 1925, is a strong, bipartisan bill that will reauthorize essential laws and programs for another five years and build on effective, existing programs to meet the changing needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence.  The Senate bill was crafted over two years with input from thousands of advocates across the country and represents the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence.  The House bill, H.R. 4970, rolls back many protections for victims, excludes victims and takes money from victim service provider to create more bureaucracy – in short, it fundamentally changes the purpose of VAWA.

VAWA saves lives and money – $12.6 billion in its first 6 years alone.  Approximately $400 million in annual funding supports local law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim services.  Since its passage in 1994, all states have strengthened rape laws and the number of individuals killed by an intimate partner has decreased by 34% for women and 57% for men.

Critics of the Senate bill fear that the bill will help “too many” victims.  Critics say S. 1925 gives immigrants a “new” way to enter the U.S., while in reality, provisions to protect abused immigrants have been in place since 1994.  They also claim S. 1925 would force all domestic violence and sexual assault programs to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) victims or be charged with discrimination.  In reality, S. 1925 has a provision that allows states to fund services specifically targeted to LGBT victims, who are often turned away or denied services because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  They say S. 1925 violates the Constitution by giving tribal courts the authority to punish non-Indians for committing domestic violence on tribal lands where 1 in 3 American Indian women will be raped in their lifetime. In fact, S. 1925 requires tribal courts to provide the same constitutional protections afforded to defendants in state criminal courts.   S. 1925 was crafted carefully with the input of thousands of advocates in the field who know what victims of violence need.  It’s the right bill for victims of violence.

Senate leadership must move quickly to bring S. 1925 to the floor.  The Senate bill says, unequivocally, to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, “We will help you wherever and whenever you need help.” The time has come for Congress to send this bill to the President. 

Sincerely,
[Name, Title, Organization, Contact Info]

 

Thank you – as always for your great work!!

  • We’ve had over 50,000 visits to our website!  Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items: .
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to Sean Black, sblack@icasa.org.

We can’t stop until EVERYONE is safe – we need your help to get the Real VAWA to the finish line!

 In a highly partisan Congress, your advocacy made a difference! On the Senate side your hard work yielded a bipartisan real VAWA (S. 1925) and your work on the House side ensured that there was a bipartisan rejection of the anti-victim VAWA (H.R. 4970).

Now, we need to roll up our sleeves for one big last push to get the right bill to the President.  The Senate bill includes your recommendations and the recommendations of thousands of victim services experts across the country and improves protections for victims. 

The House bill is anti-victim and fundamentally changes the purpose of VAWA. It excludes the voices of victims and victim’s services advocates while rolling back many protections.  Both bills will be brought to conference so that both the House and Senate leaders can agree on a bill to send to the President – we need to tell our legislators that they need to send S. 1925 to the President because it protects ALL victims.

ACTION 1:  There are significant differences in the Senate and House bill – and the NTF supports the Senate bill because it supports ALL survivors AND does not rollback existing protections in the law.  Please take action to urge your legislators to send S. 1925 to the President.

ACTION 2:  Make appointments with your Senators and Representatives while they are on recess (this week for the House and next for the Senate) and give them the same message. 

 

ACTION 1:  PLEASE CONTACT – BY PHONE, EMAIL OR VISIT IN-PERSON AT THE DC OR DISTRICT OFFICE - YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES. Tell them:

I/we urge you to encourage your party’s leaders to move swiftly to a conference or agreement on VAWA and send the President S. 1925, which is a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill that protects all vulnerable victims. H.R. 4970 ROLLS BACK protections for victims, it EXCLUDES victims of violence and it REJECTS AND IGNORES input of thousands of experienced victim service advocates. There is still time for you to support a VAWA that protects ALL victims. I strongly urge Congress to quickly move past politics and send S. 1925 to the President so that victims everywhere are protected.

 

ACTION 2:  MAKE APPOINTMENTS WITH YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES WHILE THEY ARE ON RECESS (THIS WEEK FOR THE SENATE AND NEXT FOR THE HOUSE) AND GIVE THEM THE SAME MESSAGE. 

You can use these links to find contact information for your Representative and Senators at their in-district offices.  Please reiterate the above message – and feel free to use these talking points, which point out why S. 1925 is the Real VAWA and how H.R. 4970 ROLLS BACK protections for victims. For example, H.R. 4970:

  • FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGES THE PURPOSE OF VAWA - REJECTS the input of thousands of advocates who say that S. 1925 is the bill that will serve victims the best and TAKES OUT the provisions in VAWA that allow for advocates to engage in a community coordinated state implementation plan under STOP.  Instead, H.R. 4970 gives administrators permission to 
ignore consultations with community organizations in planning their VAWA programs and spending.
  • EXCLUDES victims:  H.R. 4970 entirely excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) victims; limits the U visa program, barring the use of unused visas, AND WILL PUNISH victims WHO WORK with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice; ails to address the crisis of violence against American Indian women by not recognizing tribal court authority to hold perpetrators accountable. This bill takes away the ability of all Communities of Color to address violence against women  in their communities and rolls back on resources for Women of Color and their communities that were gained in 2005. Because it excludes the most vulnerable victims, H.R. 4970 creates a host of protections for abusers.
  • TAKES MONEY FROM VICTIMS SERVICE PROVIDERS and spends it on more bureaucracy.

 

Thank you!

  • We’ve had almost 50,000 visits to our website!  Continue to come back to our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  •  Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  •  If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to Sean Black, sblack@icasa.org.

Tell Congress to send a strong, bipartisan VAWA to the President!

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, a diverse coalition of thousands of national, state and local organizations and individuals across the country unified by our commitment to end violence against women, urges Congress to rise above the political bickering, move swiftly to conference, and send the President a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that protects ALL vulnerable victims. 

The Senate passed the bill 68-31 and in the House we narrowly lost a vote, 222-205, to defeat the unacceptable Adams version of VAWA.  We have shown that our grassroots advocates and professionals in communities all across the nation are serious and dedicated to passing a “real VAWA” for all victims and we won’t stop until this is accomplished.

ACTION:  PLEASE CONTACT – BY PHONE, EMAIL OR VISIT IN-PERSON  AT THE DC OR DISTRICT OFFICE - YOUR  SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES.  Thank them for their support or let them know of your disappointment, but in either case tell them:

I/we urge you to encourage your party’s leaders to move swiftly to a conference or agreement on VAWA and send the President a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill that protects all vulnerable victims.  For nearly 20 years, Congress has recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for this landmark federal law’s comprehensive approach.  VAWA truly provides life-saving protections and services needed by victims and their families.  It is unacceptable that this law has become politicized while three women a day are still killed by an intimate partner.  Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence need a VAWA law that does not roll back  protections for immigrant women and their families; includes protections for all victims, including the LGBT community and Native women; and directs resources to this urgent task in the most effective way possible. VAWA must also include the strongest protections for victims on campus and in public housing; protect the ability of criminal justice officials and community stakeholders to provide input to the state grant  STOP planning process; and be free of overly burdensome and bureaucratic requirements for victim services providers struggling to be present for every victim every day.  I strongly urge Congress to quickly move past politics and send a VAWA reauthorization bill to the President that he can immediately sign.

Use these links to find contact information for your Representative and your Senators.

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  • We’ve had over 47,000 visits to our website! Continue to check out our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to Sean Black, sblack@icasa.org.

Our work is not done!

Thank you for your extraordinary advocacy around VAWA’s reauthorization and your work to defeat H.R. 4970, a bill that moves backward on VAWA reauthorization. Although the bill passed in the House, it was a divided and very close vote. 

Our work is not done!  Take action to strengthen the voice of victims.  When the House and Senate bill are reconciled in the conference process, NTF will continue to work hard to get a VAWA that protects ALL victims. 

Now we must thank those who stood for and with victims of violence, and express our disappointment in those who did not and voted to weaken VAWA.  We can look forward to the conference process, where we can push to ensure that the vote will more closely reflect the Senate passed S. 1925. Please take the following actions – we have to keep the pressure up to get the best final bill we can!

ACTION 1: THANK REPRESENTATIVES WHO VOTED AGAINST HR 4970

Now we need to thank Representatives who voted against H.R. 4970.  Please call these Representatives and say,

“Thank you for listening to the needs of victims and for voting against H.R. 4970.  We look forward to your continued leadership as VAWA is addressed in the conference process.” 

 

 

ACTION 2: SEND LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Modify and send this Letter to the Editor to express your disappointment with the following Representatives who voted yes (AYE) for H.R. 4970, a bill that moves backward on VAWA.  

 This letter is designed for individuals and organizations who expressed their concern with H.R. 4970 and were disappointed in their Representative’s vote. 

 

Listen to victims – move forward on VAWA

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment in the passage of H.R. 4970 in the U.S. House of Representatives.  I called my Representative, XX and urged her/him to vote against this bill which rolls back protections for victims and does not meet the urgent needs of many victims.  Not only did my Representative not listen to me, he/she did not listen to any of the thousands of organizations and thousands of individuals engaged in the work to end violence against women who urged them to vote against the bill.  Many Representatives claimed that the provisions in the Senate bill were included to make this a political fight.  As a victim advocate, I have no interest in such a fight.  I just want to ensure that all victims are protected from abuse and that perpetrators are held accountable.  And make no mistake, H.R. 4970 is not a bill that is supported by my organization and it does not address many of the most pressing needs of victims

The House had the opportunity but failed to take up the bipartisan Senate bill that enjoyed the support of thousands of victim-centered organizations working to end domestic and sexual violence.  We urge the House and the Senate to come together to pass a bipartisan bill that builds upon VAWA’s strengths, moves the legislation forward and meets the urgent needs of victims.  

  • Find out if your Representative voted for the flawed H.R.4970 through this link (an “AYE” vote is a yes on H.R. 4970). 
  • To find your Representative, click here
  • Use the Capitol Switchboard to find your Representative’s phone number – (202) 224-3121.

National Task Force Statement on Passage of H.R. 4970

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women is a diverse coalition of thousands of national, state and local organizations and individuals across the country unified by our commitment to end violence against women. Today, we express our deep disappointment over the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 4970. This legislation weakens or deletes entirely some of the vital improvements in the “real VAWA” passed by the Senate last month by a resounding bipartisan vote of 68-31. 

“We are devastated that provisions that will endanger vulnerable immigrant victims passed in the House today. For the first time in nearly 20 years, this bill would weaken crucial protections in VAWA for battered immigrants, putting them at risk of retaliation by their abusers and undermining law enforcement and public safety" - Grace Huang, Public Policy Director of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

 

"Today's vote ignored the reality of LGBT survivors of violence and would deny them the support and services that every survivor needs" - Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, which coordinates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). 

 

“Native women aren’t safer as a result of the passage of  H.R. 4970. In fact, the tribal provisions included in this bill create additional hurdles for Indian women seeking protection from violence on tribal lands, and that is unacceptable” - Juana Majel-Dixon, 1st Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and co-chair of the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Women.

 

The House bill passed ignores the needs of vulnerable communities, rolls back years of progress aimed at protecting victim safety, weakens provisions in the Senate bill to protect victims in public housing and on college campuses, and strips the rights of community stakeholders to give input on VAWA programs.  The bill has been soundly rejected as dangerous to victims by more than 325 diverse organizations and leaders representing millions of constituents throughout the country.

 

 “The passage of H.R. 4970 ignores the expertise of hundreds of organizations working to end violence against women” - Rita Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

 

Moreover, the President issued a statement saying if presented with the bill, his senior advisors would recommend a veto

Despite today’s 222-205 vote, we applaud the courage of the Republicans who crossed party lines to vote against this dangerous bill and the Democrats who stood with all victims of violence.  The outcry from advocates from across the country resulted in significant bipartisan opposition to the bill and this swell of support will continue as the House and Senate meet in conference to reconcile the two bills. 

“On behalf of advocates and rape crisis centers, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence commits to working with all members of Congress to finalize VAWA legislation this year that upholds provisions in the Senate bill that ensure community stakeholders have a voice in the funding process and protect vulnerable populations while maintaining criminal justice improvements for victims of sexual assault” - Monika Johnson Hostler, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence President. 

 

The National Task Force will continue to work towards a strong, bipartisan final bill that builds on VAWA’s successes andstrengthens protections for all victims of violence. 

 

“The best post-Mother's Day gift that Members of Congress can give to their neighbors, daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers is to support a bipartisan VAWA that protects women from all backgrounds" - Gloria Lau, YWCA USA CEO.
  

 

WE ARE GRATEFUL to the House champions who voted AGAINST H.R. 4970 -- and who stood with victims in the fight to end domestic violence, dating  violence, sexual assault, and stalking!  THANK YOU for voting to protect ALL victims of these crimes!

 

 

Ackerman
Altmire
Amash
Andrews
Baca
Baldwin
Bartlett
Bass (CA)
Bass (NH)
Becerra
Berg
Berman
Biggert
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Boswell
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Broun (GA)
Brown (FL)
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Chandler
Chu
Cicilline
Clarke (MI)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly (VA)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Critz
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Davis (KY)
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Dold
Donnelly (IN)
Doyle
Edwards
Ellison
Engel
Eshoo
Farr
Fattah 

Frank (MA)
Fudge
Garamendi
Garrett
Gonzalez
Gosar
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hahn
Hanabusa
Hanna
Hastings (FL)
Heinrich
Higgins
Himes
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hochul
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Huelskamp
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kaptur
Keating
Kildee
Kind
Kissell
Kucinich
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
LaTourette
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Luján
Lynch
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy (NY)
McClintock
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McNerney
Meehan
Meeks
Michaud
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Moore
Moran
Murphy (CT)
Nadler
Napolitano

Neal
Olver
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Paul
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters
Pingree (ME)
Platts
Poe (TX)
Polis
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Richardson
Richmond
Rivera
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross (AR)
Rothman (NJ)
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schrader
Schwartz
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Serrano
Sewell
Sherman
Shuler
Sires
Smith (WA)
Speier
Stark
Sutton
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Tonko
Towns
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walz (MN)
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watt
Waxman
Welch
Wilson (FL)
Wolf
Woolsey
Yarmuth

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 258

      H R 4970      RECORDED VOTE, 16-May-2012 at 5:29 PM
      QUESTION:  On Passage
      BILL TITLE: To reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994

Ayes

Noes

PRES

NV

Republican

216

23

 

2

Democratic

6

182

 

2

Independent

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

222 

205

 

4

 

(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

---- AYES    222 ---

Adams
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Amodei
Austria
Bachmann
Bachus
Barletta
Barrow
Barton (TX)
Benishek
Berkley
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Bonner
Bono Mack
Boren
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Brooks
Buchanan
Bucshon
Buerkle
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Canseco
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Chabot
Chaffetz
Coble
Coffman (CO)
Cole
Conaway
Cravaack
Crawford
Crenshaw
Culberson
Denham
Dent
DesJarlais
Dreier
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Ellmers
Emerson
Farenthold
Fincher
Fitzpatrick
Flake
Fleischmann
Fleming
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Gardner
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gibson
Gingrey (GA)
Gohmert

Goodlatte
Gowdy
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grimm
Guinta
Guthrie
Hall
Harper
Harris
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Hayworth
Heck
Hensarling
Herger
Herrera Beutler
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurt
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (IL)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan
Kelly
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kline
Lamborn
Lance
Landry
Lankford
Latham
Latta
Lewis (CA)
LoBiondo
Long
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Lungren, Daniel E.
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant
Marino
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McCotter
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Mulvaney
Murphy (PA)
Myrick
Neugebauer
Noem
Nugent
Nunes

Nunnelee
Olson
Palazzo
Paulsen
Pearce
Pence
Peterson
Petri
Pitts
Pompeo
Posey
Price (GA)
Quayle
Reed
Rehberg
Reichert
Renacci
Ribble
Rigell
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rokita
Rooney
Roskam
Ross (FL)
Royce
Runyan
Ryan (WI)
Scalise
Schilling
Schmidt
Schock
Schweikert
Scott (SC)
Scott, Austin
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Southerland
Stearns
Stivers
Stutzman
Sullivan
Terry
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Turner (NY)
Turner (OH)
Upton
Walberg
Walden
Walsh (IL)
Webster
West
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yoder
Young (AK)
Young (FL)
Young (IN)

 

---- NOES    205 ---

 

Ackerman
Altmire
Amash
Andrews
Baca
Baldwin
Bartlett
Bass (CA)
Bass (NH)
Becerra
Berg
Berman
Biggert
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Boswell
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Broun (GA)
Brown (FL)
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Chandler
Chu
Cicilline
Clarke (MI)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly (VA)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Critz
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Davis (KY)
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Dold
Donnelly (IN)
Doyle
Edwards
Ellison
Engel
Eshoo
Farr
Fattah

Frank (MA)
Fudge
Garamendi
Garrett
Gonzalez
Gosar
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hahn
Hanabusa
Hanna
Hastings (FL)
Heinrich
Higgins
Himes
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hochul
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Huelskamp
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kaptur
Keating
Kildee
Kind
Kissell
Kucinich
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
LaTourette
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Luján
Lynch
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy (NY)
McClintock
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McNerney
Meehan
Meeks
Michaud
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Moore
Moran
Murphy (CT)
Nadler
Napolitano

Neal
Olver
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Paul
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters
Pingree (ME)
Platts
Poe (TX)
Polis
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Richardson
Richmond
Rivera
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross (AR)
Rothman (NJ)
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schrader
Schwartz
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Serrano
Sewell
Sherman
Shuler
Sires
Smith (WA)
Speier
Stark
Sutton
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Tonko
Towns
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walz (MN)
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watt
Waxman
Welch
Wilson (FL)
Wolf
Woolsey
Yarmuth

 

---- NOT VOTING    4 ---

 

Cassidy
Filner

Labrador
Slaughter

House VAWA Vote Today!

The House will vote on VAWA today under a “closed rule” which means there will be no amendments. From 10am-12pm, members can speak on any topic including VAWA for 5 minutes each. Beginning at noon, one hour of debate is expected on VAWA followed by the vote. You can watch the House action on CSPAN via the internet.

 

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TODAY, May 16 at 11am

SENATE DEMOCRATS AND WOMEN'S ADVOCACY GROUPS TO CALL ON HOUSE GOP TO PASS SENATE'S BIPARTISAN VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

 

Instead of Taking Up Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Senate VAWA Reauthorization, House Will Today Attempt to Pass A Partisan Measure With Fewer Protections

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), joined by National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill and other women's advocacy groups will, TODAY, May 16, 2012 at 11am, call on the House GOP to take up and pass the Senate's bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.   The legislation passed the Senate  68-31 with 15 GOP votes, but the House has instead to decided to take up a partisan measure that omits several critical provisions from the Senate passed bill. 

 

Anti-domestic violence advocacy groups have decried the House bill for its lack of protections for certain domestic violence victims, and the White House has threatened to veto it.

 

WHO:             Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

                       Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

                       Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

                        Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women

 

WHAT:          Press Conference

 

WHEN:          TODAY, May 16, at 11:00 AM

 

WHERE:       LBJ Room (S 211), US Capitol

A VOTE FOR H.R. 4970 IS STILL A VOTE AGAINST VAWA AND AGAINST ALL VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE!

TOMORROW (May 16), the House will vote on H.R. 4970 and we only have 1 more day to tell our Representatives: the Adams bill (H.R. 4970) is dangerous for victims of violence, excludes vulnerable communities and protects abusers. It is not the real VAWA.  Please stand up for all victims of violence and oppose H.R. 4970. If Congress cannot stand up for all victims, we cannot stand up for our Representatives.

A minor Republican leadership amendment will be offered in the Rules committee today, but it does not address the most egregious wrongs in the bill and still rolls back protections for victims. 

 

TAKE ACTION!

Continue to call the DC and district offices of every Representative in Congress TO OPPOSE H.R. 4970.  Tell them about or send them yesterday’s New York Times editorial, “Backward on Domestic Violence” and today’s LA Times editorial “Partisanship and the Violence Against Women Act.”

 

MESSAGE:

We still strongly oppose the H.R. 4970.  A YES vote on H.R. 4970 is still anti-victim and a NO vote protects victims. We oppose H.R. 4970  because it is NOT the REAL VAWA, it 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 bipartisan Senate bill that protects Native victims, immigrant victims, LGBT victims and other marginalized communities.  H.R. 4970 increases bureaucratic inefficiency,  decreases housing protections while stripping the rights of community stakeholders to be involved in VAWA implementation. The rushed vote on HR 4970 allows no chance to discuss humane alternatives that treat victims with respect and decency. There is bipartisan support in the House for a reauthorization of VAWA that more closely resembles the Senate-passed bill (S. 1925) and Members should have a chance to weigh the merits of any and all alternatives to H.R. 4970 before they vote for final passage of VAWA.   

 

Find your Representative here: . This conversation needs to happen in EVERY DISTRICT OFFICE. 

Below is a target list of Members that need to be contacted. Ask them to stand up and oppose HR 4970 and demand an alternative.  We need to reach ALL Representatives, but especially these Representatives:

STATE       

Representative

Phone

Fax

Alabama

Martha Roby, 2nd District

202-225-2901

202-225-8913


Arkansas

Mike Ross, 4th District

1-800-223-2220

(202) 225-1314

California

Daniel Lungren, 3rd District  

202-225-5716

202-226-1298

Jeff Denham, 19th District

202-225-4540

202-225-3402

Kevin McCarthy, 22nd District

202-225-2915

202-225-2908

Gary Miller, 42nd District

202-225-3201

202-226-6962

Mark Bono Mack, 45th District

202-225-5330

202-225-2961

John Campbell, 48th District

202-225-5611

202-225-9177

Darrell Issa, 49th District

202-225-3906

202-225-3303

Brian Billbray, 50th District

202-225-0508

202-225-2558

Mike Thompson, 1st District

(202)225-3311

(202)225-4335


Colorado

 

Scott Tipton, 3rd District

202-225-4761

202-226-9669

Mike Coffman, 6th District

202-225-7882

202-226-4623


Florida

 

Steve Southerland, II, 2nd District

202-225-5235

202-225-5615

Daniel Webster, 8th District

202-225-2176

202-225-0999

Vern Buchanan, 13th District

202-225-5015

202-226-5015

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 18th District

202-225-3931

202-225-5620

Mario Diaz-Balart, 21st District

202-225-4211

202-225-8576

Allen West, 22nd District

202-225-3026

202-225-8398

Sandy Adams, 24th District

(Bill Author)

202-225-2706

202-226-6299


David Rivera, 25th District


202-225-277


202-226-0346


Georgia

Tom Price, 6th District

202-225-4501

202-225-4656

John Barrow 12th District

(202)225-2823

(202)225-3377

David Scott, 13th  District

(202)225-2939

(202)225-4628

Sanford Bishop, 2nd District


202 225 3631



Illinois

 

 

 

 

Robert Dold, 10th District

202-225-4835

2020225-0837

Judy Biggert, 13th District

202-225-3515

202-225-9420

Timothy Johnson, 15th District

202-225-2371

202-226-0791

Bobby Schilling, 17th District

202-225-5905

202-225-5396

Aaron Schock, 18th District

202-225-6201


202-225-9249


Indiana

Joe Donnelly, 2nd District

(202)225-3915



Kansas

Lynn Jenkins, 2nd District

202-225-6601


202-225-7986


Kentucky

Ben Chandler, 6th District


(202)225-4706 

 


Maine

Mike Michaud, 2nd District


202 225 6306

 



Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, 6th District

202-225-2721


202-225-2193


Michigan

Dan Benishek, 1st District

202-225-4735

202-225-4710

 

Candice Miller, 10th District

202-225-2106


202-226-1169


Minnesota

 

Michele Bachmann, 6th District

202-225-2331

202-225-6475

Chip Cravaack, 8th District

202-225-6211

202-225-0699

Collin Peterson, 7th District

202- 225-2165

 

(202)225-1593



Missouri

 

Vicky Hartzler, 4th District

202-225-2876

202-225-0148

Jo Ann Emerson, 8th District


202-225-4404


202-226-0326


Nevada

 

Mark Amodei, 2nd District

202-225-6155

202-225-5679

Joe Heck, 3rd District


202-225-3252


202-225-2185


New Hampshire

Charles Bass, 2nd District


202-225-5206


202-225-2946


New Jersey

 

Frank Lobiondo, 2nd District

202-225-6572

202-225-3318

John Runyan, 3rd District


202-225-4765


202-225-0778


New York

 

 

 

 

Robert Turner, 9th District

202-225-6616

202-226-0218

Michael Grimm, 13th District

202-225-3371

202-226-1272

Nan Hayworth, 19th District

202-225-5441

202-225-3289

Chris Gibson, 20th District

202-225-5614

202-225-1168

Ann Marie Buerkle, 25th District


202-225-3701


202-225-4042

 

North Carolina

 

Renee Ellmers, 2nd District

202-225-4531

202-225-5662

Virginia Foxx, 5th District

202-225-2071

202-225-2995

Sue Myrick, 9th District

202-225-1976

202-225-3389

Heath Shuler, 11th District

202) 225-6306

(202)225-2943

Larry Kissell, 8th District

(202)225-3715


Mike McIntyre,7th District


(202) 225-273

 


Ohio

 

 

Jean Schmidt, 2nd District

202-225-3164

202-225-1992

John Boehner, 8th District (Speaker)

202-225-0600

202-225-0704

Steven LaTourette, 14th District

202-225-5731

202-225-3307

Steve Stivers, 15th District

202-225-2015

202-225-3529

James Renacci, 16th District


202-225-3876


202-225-3059


Oklahoma

Dan Boren (OK-2)


202 225 2701

 



Oregon

Kurt Schrader, 5th District


(202)225-5711


(202)225-5699

 

 

Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Gerlack, 6th District

202-225-4315

202-225-8440

Patrick Meehan, 7th District

202-225-2011

202-226-0820

Michael Fitzpatrick, 8th District

202-225-4276

202-225-9511

Charlie Dent, 15th District

202-225-6411

202-226-0778

Tim Murphy, 18th District

202-225-2301

202-225-1844

Todd Platts, 19th District

202-225-5836

202-226-1000

Tim Holden, 17th District


202 225 5546



South Dakota

Kristi Noem


202-225-2801


202-225-5823


Tennessee

 

Diane Black, 6th District

202-225-4231

202-225-6887

Marsha Blackburn, 7th District

202-225-2811

202-225-3004

Jim Cooper, 5th District


202 225 4311



Texas

Ted Poe, 2nd District

202-225-6565

202-225-5547

Jeb Hensarling, 5th District

202-225-3484

202-226-1035

Kay Granger, 12th District

202-225-5071

202-225-5683

Lamar Smith, 21st District (Judiciary Chairman)

202-225-4236

202-225-8628

Francisco Canseco, 23rd District


202-225-4511


202-225-2237


Utah

Jim Matheson 2nd


202 225 3011



Virginia

Eric Cantor, 7th District


202-225-2815


202-225-0011


Washington

Jaime Herrera Beutler, 3rd District

202-225-3536

202-225-3478

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 5th District

202-225-2006

202-225-3392

Dave Reichert, 8th District


202-225-27761


202-225-4282


West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito, 2nd District


202-225-2711


202-225-7856

Wisconsin

Reid Ribble, 8th District


202-225-5665


202-225-5729

Wyoming

Cynthia Lummis

202-225-2311

202-225-3057

    

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A VOTE FOR H.R. 4970 IS A VOTE AGAINST VAWA AND AGAINST ALL VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE!

TOMORROW (May 16), the House will vote on H.R. 4970 and House Majority Leadership is not allowing ANY amendments to the bill. We only have 2 more days to tell our Representatives: the Adams bill (H.R. 4970) is dangerous for victims of violence, excludes vulnerable communities and protects abusers. It is not the real VAWA.  Please stand up for all victims of violence and oppose H.R. 4970. If Congress cannot stand up for all victims, we cannot stand up for our Representatives.

 

TAKE ACTION!!

 

ACTION 1:  Continue to call the DC and district offices of every Representative in Congress TO OPPOSE H.R. 4970.  Tell them about or send them today’s New York Times editorial, “Backward on Domestic Violence.”

ACTION 2:  Call House leadership and tell them that H.R. 4970 HARMS VICTIMS and ask them to allow an amendment on the House floor that is THE REAL VAWA or face the anger of their constituents.

ACTION 3:  National Organizations and statewide coalitions must continue to send letters to the whole House and to their individual Representatives in their states DENOUNCING H.R. 4970. Please sign onto a letter drafted the National Task from national groups opposing H.R.4970 by 3pm today.

 

ACTION 1:  PLEASE CONTACT – BY PHONE, EMAIL OR IN PERSON VISIT - THE DISTRICT OFFICE OF YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AND TELL THEM: 

We strongly oppose the Adams bill. The House Judiciary Committee’s passage of H.R. 4970 on Tuesday is NOT a victory – it HARMS victims of violence.  We believe that a YES vote on H.R. 4970 is anti-victim and a NO vote on VAWA.  We oppose the Adams bill because it is NOT the REAL VAWA, it 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.  We do not think the House Judiciary Committee passed a REAL VAWA and we need the House leadership to support ALL victims. The House Judiciary Committee allowed no chance to discuss humane alternatives that treat victims with respect and decency. There is bipartisan support in the House for a reauthorization of VAWA that more closely resembles the Senate-passed bill (S. 1925) and Members should have a chance to weigh the merits of any and all alternatives to the Adams bill before they vote for final passage of VAWA.   

 

Find your Representative here. This conversation needs to happen in EVERY DISTRICT OFFICE.    Use the National Task Force’s toolkit  to help with your advocacy!  Use our talking points about H.R. 4970 and how it’s DANGEROUS for victims that are at the end of this e-blast.

 

If your Member is below, these are the Republican women who did NOT sponsor the harmful Adams bill.  Ask them to stand up and oppose the Adams bill and demand an alternative.

Biggert, Judy   (R-IL),(202) 225-3515  

Hayworth, Nan  (R-NY), (202) 225-5441      

Herrera Beutler, Jaime  (R-WA), (202) 225-3536     

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana   (R-FL), (202) 225-3931 

 

ACTION 2:  CALL HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND TELL THEM THAT YOU THINK H.R. 4970 HARMS VICTIMS AND IS NOT THE REAL VAWA.  LET THEM KNOW IT IS CRUEL TO PROHIBIT ANY AMENDMENTS AND THAT ALL VICTIMS DESERVE OPEN DEBATE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600 (Leadership Office), (202) 225-6205 (Personal Office), (513) 779-5400 (Westchester District Office), (937) 339-1524 (Troy District Office)

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), (202) 225-2915

 

ACTION 3:  NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STATEWIDE COALITIONS SHOUD SEND A LETTER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TO THEIR STATE’S U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DENOUNCING H.R. 4970

Please use the National Task Force’s toolkit in your advocacy or tweak the language from this excellent op-ed published in The Post Standard.

 

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A YES VOTE ON H.R. 4970 IS A VOTE AGAINST VAWA AND AGAINST ALL VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

Please consider signing your organization onto the attached letter drafted by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women opposing the Adams VAWA bill (H.R. 4970) headed to the House floor for a vote next week. Visit www.jwi.org/vawaletter and circulate this letter to your networks. The deadline for sign on is Monday May 14th at 3pm.

 

It’s Time To Go In-District And Tell Your Representative: The Adams Bill (H.R. 4970) Is Dangerous For Victims Of Violence and Protects Abusers. It Is Not The Real VAWA!

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed the Adams (R-FL) version of VAWA, H.R. 4970.  This bill is DANGEROUS to victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking

The only way that we will be able to defeat it is if we make clear to every Representative in every district that they CANNOT support this bill.  We have to tell them:  you MUST stand up for EVERY victim of violence by OPPOSING H.R. 4970 – and if you don’t, we can’t stand up for you.

TAKE ACTION!!

ACTION 1:  PLEASE CONTACT – BY PHONE, EMAIL OR IN PERSON VISIT - THE DISTRICT OFFICE OF YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AND TELL THEM TO OPPOSE H.R. 4970

ACTION 2:  CALL HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND TELL THEM THAT YOU THINK H.R. 4970 HARMS VICTIMS AND IS NOT THE REAL VAWA  

ACTION 3:  NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STATEWIDE COALITIONS SHOUD SEND A LETTER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TO THEIR STATE’S U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DENOUNCING H.R. 4970

ACTION 4:  SEND A LETTER TO THE EDITOR TO YOUR NEWSPAPERS!

 

ACTION 1:  PLEASE CONTACT – BY PHONE, EMAIL OR IN PERSON VISIT - THE DISTRICT OFFICE OF YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AND TELL THEM: 

We strongly oppose the Adams bill. The House Judiciary Committee’s passage of H.R. 4970 on Tuesday is NOT a victory – it HARMS victims of violence.  We believe that a YES vote on H.R. 4970 is anti-victim and a NO vote on VAWA.  We oppose the Adams bill because it is NOT the REAL VAWA, it 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.  We do not think the House Judiciary Committee passed a REAL VAWA and we need the House leadership to support ALL victims. The House Judiciary Committee allowed no chance to discuss humane alternatives that treat victims with respect and decency. There is bipartisan support in the House for a reauthorization of VAWA that more closely resembles the Senate-passed bill (S. 1925) and Members should have a chance to weigh the merits of any and all alternatives to the Adams bill before they vote for final passage of VAWA.   

 

Find your Representative here. This conversation needs to happen in EVERY DISTRICT OFFICE.    Use the National Task Force’s toolkit  to help with your advocacy!  Use our talking points about H.R. 4970 and how it’s DANGEROUS for victims that are at the end of this e-blast.

 

EVERY Representative needs to hear from us, but here are the ones that need to hear from us FIRST! 

Biggert, Judy   (R-IL),(202) 225-3515  

Hayworth, Nan  (R-NY), (202) 225-5441      

Herrera Beutler, Jaime  (R-WA), (202) 225-3536     

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana   (R-FL), (202) 225-3931 

 

ACTION 2:  CALL HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND TELL THEM THAT YOU THINK H.R. 4970 HARMS VICTIMS AND IS NOT THE REAL VAWA:  

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600 (Leadership Office), (202) 225-6205 (Personal Office), (513) 779-5400 (Westchester District Office), (937) 339-1524 (Troy District Office)

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), (202) 225-2915

and say: 

We strongly oppose the Adams bill. The House Judiciary Committee’s passage of H.R. 4970 on Tuesday is NOT a victory – it HARMS victims of violence.  We believe that a YES vote on H.R. 4970 is anti-victim and a NO vote on VAWA.  We oppose the Adams bill because it is NOT the REAL VAWA, it 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.  We do not think the House Judiciary Committee passed a REAL VAWA and we need the House leadership to support ALL victims. The House Judiciary Committee allowed no chance to discuss humane alternatives that treat victims with respect and decency. There is bipartisan support in the House for a reauthorization of VAWA that more closely resembles the Senate-passed bill (S. 1925) and Members should have a chance to weigh the merits of any and all alternatives to the Adams bill before they vote for final passage of VAWA.  National organizations that support victims and survivors of violence will support your NO vote on H.R. 4970.  Instead, please demand an open debate on the floor.    

 

ACTION 3:  NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STATEWIDE COALITIONS SHOUD SEND A LETTER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TO THEIR STATE’S U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DENOUNCING H.R. 4970

National organizations and statewide coalitions should send this letter to your state’s U.S. Representative.  Members who support our position and oppose the Adams bill will appreciate this support and can mention your letter to explain their vote against the bill and show your support from their home state.

 

[FOR YOUR STATE]

The Honorable

U.S. House of Representatives

ADDRESS

We, [the undersigned organization], represent[ victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and the professionals who serve them, throughout the United States and territories].   We would like to express our strong opposition to H.R. 4970, the bill introduced by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL) to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 

As you know, Congress has recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for a national strategy since the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994.   Over the last 18 years, this landmark federal legislation’s comprehensive approach to violence against women has had dramatic results.  As a snapshot, VAWA funds are used to:

  • train over 500,000 law enforcement personnel every year,
  • support sexual assault services in every state; once victims receive advocate-assisted services following assaults, rape survivors were 59% more likely to have police reports taken than survivors without advocates whose reports were only taken 41% of the time, and
  • support programs that actually reduce homicides; as an example, between 1993 and 2007, the rate of intimate partner homicides of females decreased by 35% and the rate of intimate partner homicides of males decreased 46%.

We[everyone in our state/our organization] all support a strong, bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill similar to what the Senate passed last month, which would continue the life-saving protections and services needed by victims and their families.  Again, H.R. 4970, which recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by a near party-line vote, would be a rollback of years of progress and likely increase the women and children who could be hurt.  While we respect Congresswoman Adams’ personal commitment to the issue of violence against women and girls, we must oppose this harmful bill.  The bill is genuinely dangerous in terms of its impact on immigrant women and their families. It includes damaging provisions that create obstacles for immigrant victims wanting to report crimes, increases danger for immigrant victims by eliminating important confidentiality protections, and undermines effective anti-fraud protections already built into the legislation. 

Also troubling is that the bill, while embracing many elements of the bipartisan reauthorization that recently passed the Senate, excludes key improvements that were added to the Senate reauthorization.  It expressly rejects protections for men and women who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and eliminates strong protections and justice for women and children who are beaten or abused on Tribal lands by perpetrators who are not members of a particular tribe. 

A yes vote on H.R. 4970 is a NO vote on VAWA – a YES vote is anti-victim.  We respectfully request that you reconsider opposing this legislation and instead focus on developing a bipartisan bill modeled after S. 1925, the bipartisan Senate-passed version of VAWA.

Please allow open debate on the House floor when you bring up VAWA for a vote.  Members must have a chance to weigh the merits of any and all alternatives to the Adams bill before they vote for final passage of VAWA. Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions please feel free to contact ____________________ with any questions you might have.

Sincerely,

You can find your state’s Representatives here.

 

ACTION 4:  SEND THIS LETTER TO THE EDITOR TO YOUR NEWSPAPERS!

If you can’t get through to your Representatives, or if they are reluctant to discuss the Adams bill or think it’s just fine and can’t imagine why they’d vote against it, send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper (find your state’s news contacts here by clicking on the map.  Feel free to use your own words and mention specifics in your community.

“The House of Representatives will be debating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act within the week – as early as Tuesday or Wednesday – and our Representative,  (their name) has the chance to truly stand up for the thousands of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence here in our community.  The Republican leadership is promoting a bill,  H.R. 4970, sponsored by Rep. Adams (R-FL) that goes backwards for some VAWA provisions, endangers immigrant victim’s lives and completely omits groups and provisions that the Senate included in its recently-passed (68 – 31) bipartisan bill..  Those of us who work with and care about justice for the survivors of violence are asking Rep _________ to vote against this bill.  H.R. 4970.  It  is not the “real VAWA” and anyone who pretends that it is will have all of us in communities across the nation to answer to.  We ask that Rep _____________encourages the House leadership to give the House a chance to at least discuss amendments that bring humane alternatives to the floor that treat victims with respect and decency. If VAWA is to pass this year, we need a House bill that is closer to the Senate bill so that there’s hope for a conference committee between the House and Senate that is not rife with partisan bickering.  We hope Rep will stand with ALL victims, vote against the Adams bill and promote a VAWA that holds true to the promise of the landmark 1994 bipartisan Act."

 

FACTS TO USE IN YOUR ADVOCACY:

 

Audit requirements are excessive, burdensome and costly AND DIVERT PRECIOUS GRANT DOLLARS FROM DIRECT SERVICES TO BUREAUCRACY.

  • Since its enactment, VAWA has included important reporting and oversight provisions both for grantees and for the Department of Justice (“DoJ”).
  • In separate letters addressed to Congressman Poe and Senator Leahy, DoJ has reported that “VAWA grants are being used effectively for their intended purpose,” that “grant management and grantee recordkeeping are generally sound,” and that when auditing problems arise, they are “not about waste, fraud or abuse, but rather about inadequate accounting and insufficient documentation” and are quickly resolved.
  • The resources required to implement this substantial new audit requirement would be better spent on technical assistance and financial training for the hundreds of small police departments, courts, and non-profits who are OVW grantees.

 

Excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) victims.

The bill excludes LGBTQ survivors entirely despite the great need for support and services and the gap in meeting this need as determined by a coalition of more than 1,000 organization and groups.

  • LGBTQ people face domestic violence at the same rates as other community:  25-33%.  Yet, a 2011 survey found that nearly 85% of service providers worked with LGBT clients who reported that they were turned away or denied services because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  In a 2010 report, nearly half of LGBTQ survivors were turned away from domestic violence shelter and nearly a quarter are mis-arrested as the primary aggressor by local law enforcement.  More than 55% of LGBTQ survivors were denied orders of protection and only 7% of all victims reported violence to the police.
  • LGBTQ people are underserved because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, not just their gender, and should be included in this Act explicitly and not through a “gender neutral” approach that does not remove to the barriers created by homophobia
  • Lesbians are not turned away from shelter or services because they are women, but because they are lesbians. While there are already provisions in VAWA that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gay men continue to be denied services and to have their relationships minimized, being told that theirs is an issue of battery not domestic violence. Transgender people are not turned away because of their sex assigned at birth but because of their gender presentation and expression that service providers do not understand and therefore cannot address.  VAWA must protect all victims of violence.  LGBTQ victims of violence face barriers and stigma in seeking services when they are victimized by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking.
  • Simply making VAWA gender neutral in STOP provisions will not give the Office on Violence Against Women or State STOP Administrators enough specificity about Congress’s intent to protect LGBTQ victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Much of VAWA is already gender neutral but still many State STOP Administrators interpret VAWA to exclude LGBTQ programs.  This VAWA can give State STOP Administrators the direction they need to protect all victims.
  • In a recent poll, testing three LGBT provisions that were added to the Senate VAWA bill, sixty-two percent of respondents support “including gays and lesbians in the group that is protected under this law,” compared with only 30 percent who are opposed to that addition. Among women, 67 percent support expanding the law to cover gays and lesbians, as do 77 percent of respondents ages 18-29 and 69 percent of those 18-49.

 

Limits the U visa program, barring the use of unused visas, AND WILL PUNISH victims WHO WORK with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice.

  • Victims of crime should be able to work with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice. Limiting the U-visa certification process will discourage victims from coming forward and cooperating with law enforcement. Yet law enforcement tells us that failing to report crimes like these only exacerbates their negative impact on the community. Considering that many who commit U-visa crimes are serial perpetrators, law enforcement wants victims to come forward regardless of whether there is an active investigation or prosecution has begun .
  • Restrictive certification requirements discourage cooperation with law enforcement.  Victims who were hurt even long ago can provide useful information in holding serial perpetrators accountable.  This is true for citizen victims as well as immigrant victims. Research on reporting also shows that this would hurt sexual assault victims the most.

 

Erodes important provisions for immigrant victims’ safety and GIVES ABUSERS ADDITIONAL TOOLS WITH WHICH TO HARM VICTIMS.

  • Amendments allowing the alleged abuser access to the self-petition process creates a chilling effect on victims’ help-seeking.  Abusers who could have adjusted the status of their spouse and chose not to as a tool of abuse and fear will be in a position to block the victim’s access to this critical remedy for battered immigrants. Informing and allowing alleged abusers to provide input in these cases puts victims at risk of retaliation. Abusers frequently deny the abuse and falsely accuse victims of fraud or abuse. It increases motives for abusers to contact ICE to try to stop their spouse from getting legal status.
  • Shifting the self-petition process to local offices is duplicative, expensive, and does not address concerns about fraud. Adding an additional interview requirement is unnecessary, would be very costly and would require extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault at USCIS offices across the country. Currently, the specialized USCIS center that adjudicates these applications is trained to weigh the evidence and ferret out fraud and can request additional evidence if necessary. Additionally, self-petition applicants have to attend an interview at their local offices to adjust their status to lawful permanent residence. The double interview requirement places an extra hurdle for victims of abuse not required for other applicants for status.
  • Adding an interview process to VAWA cancellation of removal hearings to local offices is duplicative and expensive. In VAWA cancellation of removal cases, the petitioner appears at hearings with an immigration judge, so a separate interview places an unnecessary burden. Adding an interview process to VAWA cancellation hearings will slow immigration court cases down immensely, bogging down the court calendar further.

Fails to address the crisis of violence against American Indian women by not recognizing tribal court authority to hold perpetrators accountable.

  • Indian women face rates of violent victimization more than double that of non-Indian women; the USDOJ estimate that 1 of 3 Indian women will be raped, and that 2 of 5 will be the victims of domestic violence.
  • The USDOJ also reports that 4 of 5 Indian victims of sexual assault described their assailant as white; 3 of 4 Indian victims of intimate violence describe the offender as a person of a different race. 
  • These numbers evidence a jurisdictional gap allowing non-Indians to beat and rape Indian women on tribal lands knowing the tribal government has no legal authority to criminally prosecute non-Indians.  The Department has testified that this system of justice is insufficient to address the epidemic of violence against Native.
  • Tribal courts must have the authority to hold non-Indians living on tribal lands or working for Indian tribes that commit domestic violence against an Indian women accountable to create safe communities.  Tribal Courts must also have the clear authority to prosecute non-Indian offenders that violate an order of protection.
  • State courts and state law enforcement have said very clearly that they cannot take on the responsibility of addressing this horrific level of victimization. The federal government also lacks the resources to address this problem alone, as evidenced by the incredibly low federal prosecution rates in Indian Country.
  • The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Conference of Chief Justices have adopted policies recognizing the sovereign jurisdiction of tribal courts, and are committed to supporting tribal courts in their efforts to protect the women who are victimized on their lands holding offenders accountable.

 

Undermines the strength of the lifesaving housing protections in VAWA

Emergency transfers:

  • One of the most pressing needs identified by victims and their advocates is the ability to relocate/transfer to a safe home to escape violence. 
  • The housing emergency relocation and transfer section in VAWA should (as it does in the Senate passed S.1925) require that owners, managers and public housing agencies (PHAs)  adopt the transfer plan developed by federal agencies. 
  • HR 4970 makes the adoption of such a plan voluntary by owners, managers and PHAs, essentially undermining the remaining components of this potentially lifesaving provision. 

Notice of rights:

  • The housing rights codified by VAWA protect victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking from eviction or denial of benefit based on their status as victims and/or the actions of their perpetrators. 
  • In order to enjoy these rights and avoid unlawful eviction, notice of VAWA rights should be distributed at key times, specifically at eviction.  Without adequate notice, victims will never know they have the right not to be evicted based on the actions of their perpetrators or as a result of violence/assault. 
  • By giving notice at eviction, owners, managers and PHAs can help victims come forward and avoid costly, contentious and unnecessary eviction proceedings. 
  • HR 4970 does not require notice at eviction, unlike the Senate passed S. 1925

 

Fails to include key provisions needed to help reduce violence against young women.

  • Institutions would have to  include in their annual campus crime reports statistics on domestic violence, dating violence and stalking (sexual assault is already in the Clery Act) reported on campus and would have to provide clear statements regarding the procedures followed when a case of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking is reported.
  • Victims would be required to receive a written an explanation of their rights any time they report being a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, including:
    • victim’s right to notify (or not notify) law enforcement if they choose to do so;
    • obligation of institution to help the victim report the incident to law enforcement and seek a protective order from a local court;
    • victim’s options regarding changing academic, living, transportation and working situations, if the victim so requests and such accommodations are reasonably available
  • Institutions would have to establish clear, prompt and equitable procedures for on-campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking
  • Would provide both the victim and the accused with the right to have another person present at disciplinary proceedings
  • Would provide prevention programs teaching all students, male and female, how to help prevent sexual violence and dating violence, including bystander education.

Harsh mandatory minimum sentences on a number of crimes would have a chilling effect on victim reporting and would not help to hold perpetrators accountable.

  • Long mandatory minimum sentences can keep victims who were assaulted by someone they know from reporting the crime.
  • Mandatory minimums for sex offenders are likely to result in pleas to non-sex offense crimes. The individuals will then not be identified as sex offenders for purposes of registration, treatment, etc.
  • The American Bar Association, the Judicial Conference of the United States and every major organization focusing on criminal justice opposes mandatory minimum sentences.
  • A 2008 poll found that fully 78 percent of Americans agree that courts, not Congress, should determine an individual’s sentence.
  • Expanded use of prison sentences for drug crimes and longer sentences required by mandatory minimums have caused a dramatic increase in state and federal corrections costs. State corrections spending jumped from $6 billion in 1982 to over $50 billion in 2008.
  • None of these proposals were vetted, much less approved by the field of advocates whose proposal forms the basis of S. 1925, the Leahy-Crapo VAWA reauthorization bill. These proposals are solutions in search of problems, and will only serve to exacerbate the already existing problem of prison overcrowding. 

Media Advisory:
Press Teleconference on the State of Women and Immigrant Rights
in the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Process

HOUSE BILL ROLLS BACK PROTECTIONS AND PLACES IMMIGRANT VICTIMS IN GRAVE DANGER

What: Members of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence will be joined by U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky to explain how HR4970, the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women reauthorization bill, guts the historically bipartisan bill and puts women and immigrant victims of violence in danger.

When: Friday, May 11, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern/9:30 a.m. Central/ 7:30 a.m. Pacific

Call-in information:
Title: Violence Against Women Act
Dial: 1.800.434.1335    Conference Code: 316641#

Who:
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Rob Valente, spokesperson, National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
Mony Ruiz-Velasco, director of legal services, National Immigrant Justice Center; immigration co-chair, National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
Rosie Hidalgo, director of public policy, Casa de Esperanza
Eric Sigmon, director for advocacy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Erica, immigrant mother who was able to leave her abusive husband thanks to VAWA

Why:
This week the U.S. Congress House Judiciary Committee, in a 17-15 vote, passed HR4970, a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Contrary to its name and the long history and spirit of VAWA, HR4970 rolls back protections and places immigrant victims in grave danger at the hands of their abusers. The bill eliminates important provisions that, for almost 20 years, have successfully provided protection to immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.

HR4970 places immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other violent crimes in danger of further harm and would make critical VAWA protections, including the U visa, nearly inaccessible for many victims. Under HR4970, immigration officials can get input from abusers about their victims’ case, alerting perpetrators to the fact that their victims are seeking protection, and potentially triggering additional violence against the victims. Victims who are able to secure U visas would lose their status after a few years, leaving victims vulnerable to brutal retaliation.

The National Task force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is  a  diverse coalition of  sexual assault and  domestic violence prevention groups which has worked for more than two years, with the input of law enforcement, community-based organizations, medical professionals and others, to advise Congress regarding changes needed to improve VAWA.

 

 

 

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TELL THE HOUSE THE ADAMS BILL (H.R. 4970) IS NOT THE REAL VAWA!

THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PASSED A BILL THAT IS DANGEROUS FOR VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND PROTECTS ABUSERS:  TELL THE HOUSE THE ADAMS BILL (H.R. 4970) IS NOT THE REAL VAWA!

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed the Adams (R-FL) version of VAWA, H.R. 4970.  The National Task Force and our thousands of community activists all across the nation have worked very hard in the last few weeks to defeat this harmful bill that sets back the clock on VAWA, hurts and excludes survivors of violence and in some cases gives more rights to perpetrators than victims. In a near party-line 17-15 vote, one Member, Representative Ted Poe (R-TX), crossed the aisle and stood firmly with the field and on the side of victims. As Co-Chair of the Victims' Rights Caucus, he joined VAWA’s Democratic champions and voted against the bill.

We applaud Mr. Poe and the Democratic Members of the Committee for standing with victims. The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, a coalition representing thousands of organizations, service providers, researchers, educators, religious leaders, law enforcement, advocacy groups and victims all across the nation, continues to have grave concerns about this legislation that contains punitive provisions that will harm victims and exclude key communities.

In the committee markup, a substitute amendment offered by Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) that closely mirrors the bipartisan Senate-passed bill was not even allowed to be considered or debated. Numerous amendments were offered by our House champions to improve the Adams bill by including vulnerable communities such as Native women, LGBTQ victims, and immigrant victims, and striking mandatory minimum sentencing, but these amendments were consistently defeated by the House Committee Majority. Despite these disappointing results, the National Task Force will now turn our efforts to the full House of Representatives in order to pass an inclusive VAWA that is a real step forward for all victims of violence. That vote could be as early as next week so champions of the “real VAWA” have their work cut out for them.

Several Members of Congress are touting yesterday’s passage as a VICTORY for victims of domestic and sexual violence but it is NOT – the Adams bill, H.R. 4970, harms victims and empowers abusers.  We must tell our legislators that we strongly oppose the Adams bill. Tell your friends, family and loved ones to call too! WE NEED TO FLOOD REPRESENTATIVES’ OFFICES WITH CALLS!

 

ACTION 1:  CALL HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND TELL THEM THAT YOU THINK THAT H.R. 4970 HARMS VICTIMS AND IS NOT THE REAL VAWA.

Message:

“The House Judiciary Committee’s passage of H.R. 4970 on Tuesday is NOT a victory – it HARMS victims of violence and empowers abusers.  We oppose the Adams bill because it is NOT the REAL VAWA, it doesn’t include protections for all victims, and it rolls back protections for victims that have been in VAWA since 1994. 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. We do not think the House Judiciary Committee passed a REAL VAWA. We need the House leadership to support ALL victims”

 

Contact Information:

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH),

  • (202) 225-0600 (Leadership Office),
  • (202) 225-6205 (Personal Office),
  • (513) 779-5400 (Westchester District Office),
  • (937) 339-1524 (Troy District Office)

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 2254000
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), (202) 225-2915

 

ACTION 2:  CALL ALL THOSE WHO VOTED IN FAVOR OF H.R. 4970 AND TELL THEM THEY ARE HARMING VICTIMS AND EMPOWERING ABUSERS WITH THEIR VOTE.

Message:

“Your vote for H.R. 4970 on Tuesday was WRONG – it HARMS victims of violence.  We oppose the Adams bill because it is NOT the REAL VAWA, it 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.  We do not think the House Judiciary Committee passed a REAL VAWA and we need you to support ALL victims.”

Use the Capital switchboard number (202) 224-3121 to call:

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA)

Rep.  Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Rep.  Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Rep.  Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Rep.  Steve King (R-IA)

Rep.  Trent Frank (R-AZ)

Rep.  Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Rep.  Tim Griffin (R-AR)

Rep.  Thomas Marino (R-PA)

Rep.  Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Rep.  Mike Ross (R-AR)

Rep.  Sandy Adams (R-FL)

Rep.  Mark Amodei (R-NV)

 

ACTION 3: CALL THESE WOMEN REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE NOT SIGNED ON TO H.R. 4970 AND URGE THEM TO SUPPORT OPEN DEBATE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:

Message:

“Thank you for NOT co-sponsoring the Adams VAWA bill (H.R. 4970).  We think this bill is DANGEROUS for victims of violence and empowers abusers.  Instead, please support open debate on the House floor when the bill is brought up for discussion and a vote sometime in the weeks ahead.”

Contact Information:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), (202) 225-2331, Staffer: Katie Poedtke, Renee Doyle

Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), (202) 225-3515, Staffer: Cade Clurman

Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY), (202) 225-5441, Staffer: Elyse O'Brien

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), (202) 225-3536, Staffer: Jessica Wixson

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), (202) 225-3931, Staffer: Guillermo Vallejo

 

ACTION 4:  CALL ALL OF THE LEGISLATORS WHO VOTED AGAINST ADAMS’ HARMFUL BILL AND THANK THEM – ESPECIALLY CONGRESSMAN TED POE (R-TX) WHO CROSSED PARTY LINES TO DO IT!

Message:

“Thank you for NOT sponsoring the Adams VAWA bill (H.R. 4970) and for standing up for ALL victims. The Adams bill is DANGEROUS for victims of violence. It is NOT the REAL VAWA, it doesn’t include protections for all victims and it rolls back protections for victims that have been in VAWA since 1994. Help us support a bill like the bi-partisan Senate bill that protects Native victims, immigrant victims, LGBT victims and other marginalized communities.   Please support open debate on the House floor when the bill is brought up for discussion and a vote sometime in the weeks ahead.”

Use the Capital switchboard number (202) 224-3121 to call:

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) – Thank him for crossing party lines to stand up for victims!

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)

Rep. JerryNadler (D-NY)

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)

Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)

Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR)

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)

 

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National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women: Statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s Passage of the Adams Bill

Today, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed the Adams (R-FL) version of VAWA, H.R. 4970.  The National Task Force and our thousands of community activists all across the nation have worked very hard in the last few weeks to defeat this harmful bill that sets back the clock on VAWA, hurts and excludes survivors of violence and in some cases gives more rights to perpetrators than victims.  In a near party-line 17-15 vote, one Member, Representative Ted Poe (R-TX), Co-Chair of the Victims' Rights Caucus, stood firmly with the field and Democratic colleagues and voted against the bill. The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, a coalition representing thousands of organizations, service providers, researchers, educators, religious leaders, law enforcement, advocacy groups and victims all across the nation, continues to have grave concerns about this legislation that contains punitive provisions that will harm victims and exclude key communities.

In today’s committee markup, a substitute amendment offered by Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) that closely mirrors the bipartisan Senate-passed bill was not even allowed to be considered or debated. Numerous amendments were offered by our House champions to improve the Adams bill by including vulnerable communities such as Native women, LGBTQ victims, and immigrant victims, and striking mandatory minimum sentencing, but these amendments were consistently defeated by the House committee majority. Despite these disappointing results, the National Task Force will now turn our efforts to the full House of Representatives in order to pass an inclusive VAWA that is a real step forward for all victims of violence.  That vote could be as early as next week so champions of the “real VAWA” have their work cut out for them.

THE HOUSE BILL IS NOT THE REAL VAWA

IT HARMS VICTIMS, INCREASES COSTS, CREATES INEFFICIENCY AND PROTECTS ABUSERS, NOT VICTIMS

The House bill is being marked up TODAY and it is NOT the real VAWA.  Over the past 17 years, VAWA has created highly successful programs and laws that have changed the landscape for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Every five years, public safety and justice professionals and experts from the field have the opportunity to recommend updates, adaptations and refinements to the Act to improve victim services and offender accountability. This time is no different.

VAWA provisions were carefully crafted with new provisions and refinements based on discussions with more than 2,000 advocates and experts across the country. Their message was clear: “We can’t afford to turn anyone away. Please give us the resources and tools to make sure that we can serve any victim who comes to our doors.” The National Task Force brought the results of these interviews to Congressional offices two years ago, to help inform the drafting work of the Members, and the House bill ignores all of the advocate input. The House bill was drafted without input or consultation from the thousands of professionals engaged in this work every day.

The bill includes damaging and unworkable provisions that will harm victims, increase costs, and create unnecessary inefficiencies. WORSE, THE HOUSE BILL PROTECTS ABUSERS AT THE EXPENSE OF VICTIM SAFETY.  THE HOUSE BILL LACKS THE PROTECTIONS OF THE RECENTLY PASSED, SOLIDLY BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL, WHICH PUTS VICTIM SAFETY FIRST.

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

  • It includes harsh mandatory minimum sentences on a number of crimes that would have a chilling effect on victim reporting and would not help to hold perpetrators accountable.
  • It includes unacceptable “gender-neutral” language that ignores, rather than addresses, issues of LGBT victims.
  • It includes audit requirements that are excessive, burdensome and costly AND DIVERT PRECIOUS GRANT DOLLARS FROM DIRECT SERVICES TO BUREAUCRACY.
  • It limits the U visa program, barring the use of unused visas, AND WILL PUNISH victims WHO WORK WITH law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice.
  • It erodes important provisions for immigrant victims’ safety and GIVES ABUSERS ADDITIONAL TOOLS WITH WHICH TO HARM VICTIMS.
  • It undermines ability of tribal courts to hold violent offenders accountable.
  • It burdens tribal victims by forcing them to seek protective orders in federal court.
  • And it is NOT the REAL VAWA

 

Instead, we want to see a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims.  See more detail on the dangerous provisions below the ACTION.

PLEASE KEEP CALLING AND EMAILING YOUR REPRESENTATIVE & TELL HIM/HER:  

 “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 REPRESENTATIVES’ OFFICES WITH CALLS AND EMAILS!

 

MEET WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM  ABOUT WHY VAWA MATTERS TO YOU:  

We need all Representatives 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 policymakers.  


FACTS TO USE IN YOUR ADVOCACY: 

 

The Adams bill is DANGEROUS for victims because:

Harsh mandatory minimum sentences on a number of crimes would have a chilling effect on victim reporting and would not help to hold perpetrators accountable.

  • Long mandatory minimum sentences can keep victims who were assaulted by someone they know from reporting the crime.
  • Mandatory minimums for sex offenders are likely to result in pleas to non-sex offense crimes. The individuals will then not be identified as sex offenders for purposes of registration, treatment, etc.
  • The American Bar Association, the Judicial Conference of the United States and every major organization focusing on criminal justice opposes mandatory minimum sentences.
  • A 2008 poll found that fully 78 percent of Americans agree that courts, not Congress, should determine an individual’s sentence.
  • Expanded use of prison sentences for drug crimes and longer sentences required by mandatory minimums have caused a dramatic increase in state and federal corrections costs. State corrections spending jumped from $6 billion in 1982 to over $50 billion in 2008.
  • None of these proposals were vetted, much less approved by the field of advocates whose proposal forms the basis of S. 1925, the Leahy-Crapo VAWA reauthorization bill. These proposals are solutions in search of problems, and will only serve to exacerbate the already existing problem of prison overcrowding. [sls1]  

Unacceptable “Gender-neutral” language ignores, rather than addresses, issues of LGBT victims.

The inclusion of “women” recognizes the disproportionate impact that these crimes have on women. Gender-neutral language does not recognize the reality of these crimes, nor does it adequately address the need to broader services for LGBT survivors.

  •  A 2011 survey found that nearly 85% of service providers worked with LGBT clients who reported that they were turned away or denied services because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • LGBTQ people are underserved because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, not just their gender, and should be included in this Act explicitly and not through a “gender neutral” approach that does not remove to the barriers created by homophobia.
  • Gay men are not denied shelter because they are men – there are already provisions in VAWA that prevent that discrimination – but because they are gay. Lesbians are not turned away from shelter or services because they are women, but because they are lesbians. Transgender people are not turned away because of their sex assigned at birth but because of their gender presentation and expression that service providers do not understand and therefore cannot address.  

Audit requirements are excessive, burdensome and costly AND DIVERT PRECIOUS GRANT DOLLARS FROM DIRECT SERVICES TO BUREAUCRACY.

  • Since its enactment, VAWA has included important reporting and oversight provisions both for grantees and for the Department of Justice (“DoJ”).
  • In separate letters addressed to Congressman Poe and Senator Leahy, DoJ has reported that “VAWA grants are being used effectively for their intended purpose,” that “grant management and grantee recordkeeping are generally sound,” and that when auditing problems arise, they are “not about waste, fraud or abuse, but rather about inadequate accounting and insufficient documentation” and are quickly resolved.
  • The resources required to implement this substantial new audit requirement would be better spent on technical assistance and financial training for the hundreds of small police departments, courts, and non-profits who are OVW grantees.

Limits the U visa program, barring the use of unused visas, AND WILL PUNISH victims WHO WORK with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice.

  • Victims of crime should be able to work with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice. Limiting the U-visa certification process will discourage victims from coming forward and cooperating with law enforcement. Yet law enforcement tells us that failing to report crimes like these only exacerbates their negative impact on the community. Considering that many who commit U-visa crimes are serial perpetrators, law enforcement wants victims to come forward regardless of the statute of limitations.
  • Restrictive certification requirements discourage cooperation with law enforcement. The effect of a 120 day limit gives perpetrators tools to evade prosecution. Domestic violence research shows that victims often suffer multiple incidents of abuse before they find the courage to come forward. This is true for citizen victims as well as immigrant victims. Research on reporting also shows that this would hurt sexual assault victims the most.

Erodes important provisions for immigrant victims’ safety and GIVES ABUSERS ADDITIONAL TOOLS WITH WHICH TO HARM VICTIMS.

  • Creates undue barriers for vulnerable victims. The amendment’s provisions requiring that an application be denied if an alleged abuser is found “not guilty” fails to recognize that not all battery or extreme cruelty is covered under state criminal laws, nor does it recognize that there are many reasons why prosecution is not undertaken or successful, including when a perpetrator flees. This is true for cases brought by citizen victims, as well.
  • Endangers victims and perpetuates further abuse. Amendments allowing the alleged abuser access to the self-petition process creates a chilling effect on victims’ help-seeking. Abusers who could have adjusted the status of their spouse and chose not to as a tool of abuse and fear will be in a position to block the victim’s access to this critical remedy for battered immigrants. Informing and allowing alleged abusers to provide input in these cases puts victims at risk of retaliation. Abusers frequently deny the abuse and falsely accuse victims of fraud or abuse. It increases motives for abusers to contact ICE to try to stop their spouse from getting legal status.
  • Shifting the self-petition process to local offices is duplicative and expensive. Adding an additional interview requirement is unnecessary, would be very costly and would require extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault at USCIS offices across the country. Currently, the specialized USCIS center that adjudicates these applications is trained to weigh the evidence and ferret out fraud and can request additional evidence if necessary. Additionally, self-petition applicants have to attend an interview at their local offices to adjust their status to lawful permanent residence. The double interview requirement places an extra hurdle for victims of abuse not required for other applicants for status.
  • Adding an interview process to VAWA cancellation of removal hearings to local offices is duplicative and expensive. In VAWA cancellation of removal cases, the petitioner appears at hearings with an immigration judge, so a separate interview places an unnecessary burden. Adding an interview process to VAWA cancellation hearings will slow immigration court cases down immensely, bogging down the court calendar further.

Undermines ability of tribal courts to hold violent offenders accountable.

  • Indian women face rates of victimization many times higher than those faced by non-Indian women, due to a current gap in law enforcement and court jurisdiction over crimes of domestic and sexual violence occurring on tribal land.
  • State courts and state law enforcement have said very clearly that they cannot take on the responsibility of addressing this horrific level of victimization. The federal government also lacks the resources to address this problem alone, as evidenced by the incredibly low federal prosecution rates in Indian Country.
  • The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Conference of Chief Justices have adopted policies recognizing the sovereign jurisdiction of tribal courts, and are committed to ensuring that tribes receive capacity-building support, where appropriate, to protect the women who are victimized on their lands, and to hold offenders accountable.

Burdens tribal victims by forcing them to seek protective orders in federal court.

  • The substitute would require tribes to seek validation of their civil protection orders in federal district courts—often hundreds of miles from the reservation—even though the current full faith and credit provisions of VAWA (specifically 18 USC 2265(e)) already give tribes civil authority to issue and enforce these types of orders without interference from federal authorities.
  • Moreover, this provision appears to make it a federal crime to violate tribal protection orders. Federal prosecutors—those with the primary enforcement responsibility for crimes in Indian country—already decline to prosecute half of Indian Country crimes that are referred to them. By adding violations of tribal protection orders to the list of crimes that federal authorities can prosecute—but frequently fail to do so—the substitute offers a distraction that may ultimately exacerbate the problem, instead of proposing a real solution that will protect Native victims.

 

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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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THIS IS THE MOMENT – IF YOU WANT REAL VAWA LEGISLATION TO PASS, YOU MUST ACT!

NTF strongly opposes the Cantor-Adams version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that was introduced in the House.  This bill is being scheduled for mark up in the House Judiciary committee next Tuesday, May 8th. We must take action NOW to let the members of this committee – and all members of Congress - know that this bill is NOT the real VAWA – it is not the VAWA that passed the Senate 68-31 and it is not the one that protects all victims.

We know we’ve asked you to take a lot of actions in the past few months, and we are deeply grateful for your work.  We are in the home stretch and need your help to mobilize ALL people who care about ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Please take a moment to do the following and PASS THIS ALONG TO YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES.

We must tell our legislators that we strongly oppose the Cantor-Adams bill.  The Cantor-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
  1. 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
  2. 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 victims
  3. The bill leaves LGBT victims isolated and alone because this bill thinks 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 want to grow services, not bureaucracy
  • it is NOT the REAL VAWA

We want to see a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims

Action 1:  Call and email your representative and tell them you OPPOSE the Cantor-Adams bill and want them to pass a REAL VAWA bill in the House

Action 2:   Meet with your representatives in your district and tell them why they need to oppose Cantor-Adams and work on a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims.

Action 3:  Thank the senators who supported S. 1925 and tell the ones who didn’t that you’re disappointed

 

ACTION 1:  Call AND email your representative and tell them:  

 “We oppose the Cantor-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, LGBTQ victims and other marginalized communities.”  You must support us in passing the REAL VAWA.

 

Email your Representative with the following message: 

I strongly oppose the Cantor-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 Cantor-Adams bill.

 

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

 

ACTION 2: 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. 

 

ACTION 3:  Thank the senators who supported S. 1925 and tell those who didn’t how disappointed you are.After it leaves the House, VAWA will be conferenced between the House and the Senate.  We need to tell Senators who supported S. 1925 that we appreciate their support.  And we need to tell those who didn’t that we are disappointed in them and feel that they’ve failed us on VAWA.

Here are ways you can reach out to your Senators:

Send a letter to the editor that thanks your senator who supported S. 1925:  Submit this letter to the editor to thank your Senators for their support with VAWA. 

 (Name of organization or organizations – and list size of membership or number of victims served) is proud that Senator (insert Senator name here) voted for the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), S. 1925, which passed the Senate on a 68-31 vote last week.  This modest bill will sustain lifesaving laws and initiatives that are at the heart of our nation’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.  Law enforcement and prosecutors rely on this legislation to combat these heinous crimes – to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.  Victims desperately need the core services authorized by VAWA to keep them safe and help them heal.  S. 1925 builds on VAWA’s successes and includes new provisions that ensure that the most vulnerable victims are protected. VAWA supports (include examples of critical programs/services/intervention efforts from your state here).  Now, as more and more victims are coming forward for help, just as there are fewer resources and waiting lists for services, it is absolutely essential that our national leaders support this vital legislation.  Victims and their advocates in X state can feel proud that Senator X took a stand for them and voted for victims!

Send a letter to the editor to express your disappointment with those who voted AGAINST VAWA:   Submit this letter to the editor to tell the Senators who voted against VAWA that you are disappointed:

Letter to the editor for senators who voted no:

(Name of organization or organizations – and list size of membership or number of victims served) is deeply disappointed that Senator (insert Senator name here) voted against the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), S. 1925, which passed the Senate on a 68-31 vote last week.  This modest bill would sustain lifesaving laws and initiatives that are at the heart of our nation’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.  Law enforcement and prosecutors rely on this legislation to combat these heinous crimes – to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.  Victims desperately need the core services authorized by VAWA to keep them safe and help them heal.  S. 1925 builds on VAWA’s successes and includes new provisions that ensure that the most vulnerable victims are protected. VAWA supports (include examples of critical programs/services/intervention efforts from your state here).  Now, as more and more victims are coming forward for help, just as there are fewer resources and waiting lists for services, it is absolutely essential that our national leaders support this vital legislation.   (Final sentence indicating your Senator chose to vote against this vital, modest, and bipartisan legislation or has historically been a strong supporter but this most recent vote was a vote against victims.)

Tweet your thanks!  Use hashtags:  #VAWA, #ReauthorizeVAWA #RealVAWA

 

Tweet your disappointment:  Use hashtags:  #VAWA, #ReauthorizeVAWA #RealVAWA

Alabama:@SenatorSessions @SenShelbyPress Your votes against S1925, the real VAWA, are deeply disappointing to the ppl of Alabama! #vawa

Arizona:@SenJonKyl the people of Arizona were counting on you to vote yes on S 1925, the real Violence Against Women Act. Deeply disappointed! #vawa

Arkansas:@JohnBoozman The ppl of Arkansas needed ur support 4 victims of violence but u voted against S1925, the real VAWA & we r disappointed! #vawa

Florida:@marcorubio Victims of violence in Florida needed ur support but you voted against S 1925 the real VAWA & we are deeply disappointed! #vawa

Georgia:@SaxbyChambliss @SenatorIsakson Victims of violence in Georgia needed u but u voted against S1925, the real VAWA & we r disappointed! #vawa

Idaho:@Senator Risch: Victims of violence in Idaho needed u but you voted against S 1925, the real VAWA & we r disappointed! #vawa

Indiana:@senatorlugar Victims of violence in Indiana needed u but u voted against the Violence Against Women Act & we are disappointed! #vawa

Iowa:@ChuckGrassley Victims of violence in Iowa needed ur support but you voted against S 1925, the real VAWA & we are very disappointed! #vawa

Kansas:@JerryMoran @SenPatRoberts Ur votes against S1925, the Violence Against Women Act, are deeply disappointing to the ppl of Kansas! #vawa

Kentucky:@McConnellPress @SenRandPaul Ur votes against S1925, the Violence Against Women Act, are deeply disappointing to the ppl of Kentucky! #vawa

Mississippi:@SenThadCochran @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran @SenatorWicker Ur votes against S1925, the real VAWA, are deeply disappointing to the ppl of Mississippi! #vawa

Missouri:@RoyBlunt Victims of violence in Missouri needed you but you voted against S 1925, the real VAWA & we are deeply disappointed! #vawa

Nebraska:@Mike_Johanns Victims of violence in Nebraska needed  you but you voted against S 1925, the real VAWA & we are deeply disappointed! #vawa

North Carolina:@SenatorBurr Victims of violence in North Carolina needed you but you voted against VAWA & we are deeply disappointed! #vawa

Oklahoma:@TomCoburn @jiminhofe The people of Oklahoma are deeply disappointed in your vote against S 1925, the Violence Against Womn Act! #vawa

Pennsylvania:@SenToomey the people of Pennsylvania are disappointed in your vote against S.1925, the real VAWA, a bill that helps all victims! #vawa

South Carolina:@JimDeMint @LindseyGrahamSC The peopel of South Carolina are deeply disappointed in your votes against S. 1925, the real VAWA! #vawa

South Dakota:@SenJohnThune The people of South Dakota are deeply disappointed in your vote against S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Act! #vawa

Texas:@JohnCornyn Texans are deeply disappointed in your vote against S.1925, the real VAWA, a bill that helps all victims of violence! #vawa

Utah:@SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee the people of Utah are deeply disappointed in your vote against the Violence Against Women Act, S.1925! #vawa

Wisconsin:@SenRonJohnson The ppl of Wisconsin are disappointed in ur vote against S. 1925, the real VAWA, a bill that helps victims of violence! #vawa

Wyoming:@SenJohnBarrasso & Senator Enzi, The people of Wyoming we are deeply disappointed in your votes against S. 1925, the real VAWA! #vawa

 

AND:  Please post this poster on your FB page and tweet it – it shows the 31 senators who voted against VAWA, who are:

Alabama: 

Sessions (R-AL), Nay

Shelby (R-AL), Nay

Arizona:

Kyl (R-AZ), Nay


Arkansas:

Boozman (R-AR), Nay


Florida:

Rubio (R-FL), Nay


Georgia:

Chambliss (R-GA), Nay

Isakson (R-GA), Nay

Idaho:

Risch (R-ID), Nay


Indiana:

Lugar (R-IN), Nay


Iowa:

Grassley (R-IA), Nay


Kansas:

Moran (R-KS), Nay

Roberts (R-KS), Nay

Kentucky:

McConnell (R-KY), Nay

Paul (R-KY), Nay

Mississippi:

Cochran (R-MS), Nay

Wicker (R-MS), Nay

Missouri:

Blunt (R-MO), Nay


Nebraska:

Johanns (R-NE), Nay


North Carolina:

Burr (R-NC), Nay


Oklahoma:

Coburn (R-OK), Nay

Inhofe (R-OK), Nay

Pennsylvania:

Toomey (R-PA), Nay


South Carolina:

DeMint (R-SC), Nay

Graham (R-SC), Nay

South Dakota:

Thune (R-SD), Nay


Texas:

Cornyn (R-TX), Nay


Utah:

Hatch (R-UT), Nay

Lee (R-UT), Nay

Wisconsin:

Johnson (R-WI), Nay


Wyoming:

Barrasso (R-WY), Nay

Enzi (R-WY), Nay

 

Tell them it’s not OK to vote against VAWA – they did not support us and we will remember.

 

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ACT NOW – the House of Representatives will be considering VAWA next week!

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence expresses its strong opposition to the Cantor-Adams version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that was introduced earlier this week.

It weakens or deletes entirely some of the vital improvements in the Senate bill, including the strong provisions that are designed to increase the safety of Native women and the needs of the LGBT community. The bill also contains damaging provisions that create obstacles for immigrant victims seeking to report crimes, increase danger for immigrant victims by eliminating important confidentiality protections, undermine effective anti-fraud protections, and roll back years of progress to protect the safety of immigrant victims. That is not a bill that the National Task Force, comprised of thousands of experts, law enforcement and advocates across the country, can support.

The Senate bill that was passed on April 26, 2012 was the product of significant input from experts in the law enforcement and advocacy fields, and was only introduced after the many interested communities had had a chance to review it, and offer suggestions, and improvements, and raise concerns.  The House has the opportunity to conduct a similarly deliberative process, and we hope that like the Senate, the result will be a strong bi-partisan bill that strengthens protections for all survivors of violence.

We must tell our legislators that we oppose the Cantor-Adams bill and want to see a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims.  The House of Representatives is in recess this week so it’s a good time to tell reach out to them. 

ACTION:  Call your representative and tell them:  

“We oppose the Cantor/Adams proposal because it doesn’t include protections for all victims.  We support a bill that is closer to HR 4271 with improvements, including those provisions in the bi-partisan Senate bill that protects Tribal victims, immigrant victims, LGBTQ victims and other marginalized communities.”

 

If you have limited time, call those in yellow and grey first!  All phone numbers are in the 202 area code.

 


43 - Republican former sponsors in yellow

Judiciary Committee former sponsors in gray

CODE:  *=1994, ^=2000 Morella, #=2005 Lofgren, !=2005Green

 

PRIMARY LIST of Representatives to contact:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(202) Phone

Bachus, Spencer!

AL

6th

225-4921

Bonner, Jo!

AL

1st

225-4931

Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. ^*

AS

Delegate

225-8577

Flake, Jeff*

AZ

6th

225-2635

Grijalva, Raúl M. #

AZ

7th

225-2435

Pastor, Ed#^*

AZ

4th

225-4065

Baca, Joe!^

CA

43d

225-6161

Becerra, Xavier*

CA

31st

225-6235

Berman, Howard L. #^

CA

28th

225-4695

Bilbray, Brian P. ^*

CA

50th

225-0508

Bono Mack, Mary ^

CA

45th

225-5330

Calvert, Ken ^

CA

44th

225-1986

Capps, Lois!#^

CA

23d

225-3601

Costa, Jim!#

CA

20th

225-3341

Davis, Susan A. #

CA

53d

225-2040

Eshoo, Anna G. #^*

CA

14th

225-8104

Farr, Sam#^*

CA

17th

225-2861

Filner, Bob!#^*

CA

51st

225-8045

Gallegly, Elton ^

CA

24th

225-5811

Honda, Michael M. #

CA

15th

225-2631

Lee, Barbara#^

CA

9th

225-2661

Lofgren, Zoe  #^

CA

16th

225-3072

Matsui, Doris O. #

CA

5th

225-7163

Miller, George#^*

CA

7th

225-2095

Napolitano, Grace F. #^

CA

38th

225-5256

Pelosi, Nancy#^*

CA

8th

225-4965

Roybal-Allard, Lucille#^*

CA

34th

225-1766

Royce, Edward R. ^

CA

40th

225-4111

Sánchez, Linda T. #

CA

39th

225-6676

Sanchez, Loretta!#^

CA

47th

225-2965

Schiff, Adam B. !#

CA

29th

225-4176

Sherman, Brad#^

CA

27th

225-5911

Stark, Fortney Pete#^*

CA

13th

225-5065

Thompson, Mike ^

CA

1st

225-3311

Waters, Maxine#^*

CA

35th

225-2201

Waxman, Henry A. #^*

CA

30th

225-3976

Woolsey, Lynn C. #^*

CA

6th

225-5161

DeGette, Diana#^

CO

1st

225-4431

DeLauro, Rosa L. !#^*

CT

3d

225-3661

Larson, John B. !#^

CT

1st

225-2265

Norton, Eleanor Holmes #^*

DC

Delegate

225-8050

Bilirakis, Gus M. ^*

FL

9th

225-5755

Brown, Corrine#^*

FL

3d

225-0123

Deutch, Theodore E. ^*

FL

19th

225-3001

Hastings, Alcee L. ^*

FL

23d

225-1313

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana!

FL

18th

225-3931

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie#

FL

20th

225-7931

Bishop, Sanford D Jr. #^*

GA

2d

225-3631

Lewis, John#^*

GA

5th

225-3801

Bordallo, Madeleine Z. #

GU

Delegate

225-1188

Boswell, Leonard L. #*

IA

3d

225-3806

Latham, Tom !

IA

4th

225-5476

Simpson, Michael K. ^

ID

2d

225-5531

Biggert, Judy ^

IL

13th

225-3515

Costello, Jerry F. ^*

IL

12th

225-5661

Davis, Danny K. #^

IL

7th

225-5006

Gutierrez, Luis V. !#^*

IL

4th

225-8203

Lipinski, Daniel#^*

IL

3d

225-5701

Schakowsky, Janice D. #^

IL

9th

225-2111

Shimkus, John ^

IL

19th

225-5271

Burton, Dan ^

IN

5th

225-2276

Visclosky, Peter J. *

IN

1st

225-2461

Chandler, Ben!

KY

6th

225-4706

Whitfield, Ed ^

KY

1st

225-3115

Boustany, Charles W., Jr. !

LA

7th

225-2031

Capuano, Michael E. !#^

MA

8th

225-5111

Frank, Barney!#^*

MA

4th

225-5931

Lynch, Stephen F. !

MA

9th

225-8273

Markey, Edward J. !#^*

MA

7th

225-2836

McGovern, James P. #^

MA

3d

225-6101

Neal, Richard E. #^*

MA

2d

225-5601

Olver, John W. #^*

MA

1st

225-5335

Tierney, John F. #^

MA

6th

225-8020

Cummings, Elijah E. !#^

MD

7th

225-4741

Hoyer, Steny H. !^*

MD

5th

225-4131

Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch!

MD

2d

225-3061

Van Hollen, Chris!#

MD

8th

225-5341

Michaud, Michael H. !

ME

2d

225-6306

Conyers, John, Jr. !#^*

MI

14th

225-5126

Dingell, John D. #

MI

15th

225-4071

Kildee, Dale E. #^*

MI

5th

225-3611

Levin, Sander M. !^*

MI

12th

225-4961

McCotter, Thaddeus G.!

MI

11th

225-8171

Miller, Candice S. !

MI

10th

225-2106

Upton, Fred ^*

MI

6th

225-3761

Kline, John!

MN

2d

225-2271

McCollum, Betty#

MN

4th

225-6631

Peterson, Collin C. #^*

MN

7th

225-2165

Carnahan, Russ!

MO

3d

225-2671

Clay, Wm. Lacy!#

MO

1st

225-2406

Cleaver, Emanuel!#

MO

5th

225-4535

Emerson, Jo Ann!^

MO

8th

225-4404

Thompson, Bennie G.^

MS

2d

225-5876

Butterfield, G. K. #

NC

1st

225-3101

Miller, Brad#

NC

13th

225-3032

Myrick, Sue Wilkins ^

NC

9th

225-1976

Price, David E. #^*

NC

4th

225-1784

Watt, Melvin L. #^

NC

12th

225-1510

Terry, Lee!

NE

2d

225-4155

Bass, Charles F. !^

NH

2d

225-5206

Andrews, Robert E. !#^*

NJ

1st

225-6501

Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. ^

NJ

11th

225-5034

Holt, Rush D. !#^

NJ

12th

225-5801

LoBiondo, Frank A. ^

NJ

2d

225-6572

Pallone, Frank, Jr. #^*

NJ

6th

225-4671

Pascrell, Bill, Jr.^

NJ

8th

225-5751

Rothman, Steven R. !^

NJ

9th

225-5061

Smith, Christopher H.!

NJ

4th

225-3765

Berkley, Shelley!#^

NV

1st

225-5965

Ackerman, Gary L. #^*

NY

5th

225-2601

Crowley, Joseph#^

NY

7th

225-3965

Engel, Eliot L. !^*

NY

17th

225-2464

Higgins, Brian#

NY

27th

225-3306

Hinchey, Maurice D. #^*

NY

22d

225-6335

Israel, Steve#

NY

2d

225-3335

Lowey, Nita M. !#^*

NY

18th

225-6506

Maloney, Carolyn B. !#^*

NY

14th

225-7944

McCarthy, Carolyn!#^

NY

4th

225-5516

Meeks, Gregory W. !#

NY

6th

225-3461

Nadler, Jerrold#^*

NY

8th

225-5635

Rangel, Charles B. #^*

NY

15th

225-4365

Slaughter, Louise McIntosh!#^*

NY

28th

225-3615

Towns, Edolphus^*

NY

10th

225-5936

Velázquez, Nydia M. #*

NY

12th

225-2361

Kaptur, Marcy#^*

OH

9th

225-4146

Kucinich, Dennis J. #^

OH

10th

225-5871

LaTourette, Steven C. !#^

OH

14th

225-5731

Blumenauer, Earl#^

OR

3d

225-4811

DeFazio, Peter A. ^*

OR

4th

225-6416

Brady, Robert A. #*

PA

1st

225-4731

Dent, Charles W. !

PA

15th

225-6411

Doyle, Michael F. ^

PA

14th

225-2135

Gerlach, Jim!

PA

6th

225-4315

Holden, Tim^*

PA

17th

225-5546

Meehan, Patrick #^*

PA

7th

225-2011

Schwartz, Allyson Y. #

PA

13th

225-6111

Langevin, James R. !

RI

2d

225-2735

Clyburn, James E ^.

SC

6th

225-3315

Wilson, Joe!

SC

2d

225-2452

Brady, Kevin*

TX

8th

225-4901

Cuellar, Henry#

TX

28th

225-1640

Doggett, Lloyd #

TX

25th

225-4865

Gonzalez, Charles A. ^

TX

20th

225-3236

Granger, Kay!^

TX

12th

225-5071

Green, Al!

TX

9th

225-7508

Green, Gene#^

TX

29th

225-1688

Hall, Ralph M. *

TX

4th

225-6673

Hinojosa, Rubén#^

TX

15th

225-2531

Jackson Lee, Sheila#^

TX

18th

225-3816

Johnson, Eddie Bernice#^*

TX

30th

225-8885

McCaul, Michael T. !

TX

10th

225-2401

Poe, Ted !

TX

2d

225-6565

Reyes, Silvestre^

TX

16th

225-4831

Sessions, Pete!^

TX

32d

225-2231

Smith, Lamar ^

TX

21st

225-4236

Forbes, J. Randy!

VA

4th

225-6365

Moran, James P. !#^*

VA

8th

225-4376

Scott, Robert C. "Bobby"#*

VA

3d

225-8351

Christensen, Donna M. !#^

VI

Delegate

225-1790

Dicks, Norman D. #*

WA

6th

225-5916

Inslee, Jay!#^*

WA

1st

225-6311

Larsen, Rick !

WA

2d

225-2605

McDermott, Jim!#^*

WA

7th

225-3106

Reichert, David G. !

WA

8th

225-7761

Smith, Adam ^

WA

9th

225-8901

Baldwin, Tammy#^

WI

2d

225-2906

Kind, Ron!^

WI

3d

225-5506

Moore, Gwen#

WI

4th

225-4572

Sensenbrenner, James !

Serrano, José E. #^*

WI

NY

5th

16th

225-5101

225-4361

Capito, Shelley Moore!

WV

2d

225-2711

Rahall, Nick J., II!^*

WV

3d

225-3452

 

 

SECONDARY LIST:

House Democrats no previous vawa sponsorship (70)        * new since 2005 (57)

 

*Sewell, Terri A.

AL

7th

225-2665

Ross, Mike

AR

4th

225-3772

*Bass, Karen

CA

33d

225-7084

*Chu, Judy

CA

32d

225-5464

*Garamendi, John

CA

10th

225-1880

*Hahn, Janice

CA

36th

225-8220

*McNerney, Jerry

CA

11th

225-1947

*Richardson, Laura

CA

37th

225-7924

*Speier, Jackie

CA

12th

225-3531

Cardoza, Dennis A.

CA

18th

225-6131

*Perlmutter, Ed

CO

7th

225-2645

*Polis, Jared

CO

2d

225-2161

*Courtney, Joe

CT

2d

225-2076

*Himes, James A.

CT

4th

225-5541

*Murphy, Christopher S.

CT

5th

225-4476

*Carney, John C., Jr.

DE

At Large

225-4165

*Castor, Kathy

FL

11th

225-3376

*Wilson, Frederica S.

FL

17th

225-4506

*Barrow, John

GA

12th

225-2823

*Johnson, Henry C. "Hank", Jr.

GA

4th

225-1605

*Scott, David

GA

13th

225-2939

*Hanabusa, Colleen W.

HI

1st

225-2726

*Hirono, Mazie K.

HI

2d

225-4906

*Braley, Bruce L.

IA

1st

225-2911

*Loebsack, David

IA

2d

225-6576

*Quigley, Mike

IL

5th

225-4061

*Rush, Bobby L.

IL

1st

225-4372

Jackson, Jesse L., Jr.

IL

2d

225-0773

*Carson, André

IN

7th

225-4011

*Donnelly, Joe

IN

2d

225-3915

*Yarmuth, John A.

KY

3d

225-5401

*Richmond, Cedric L.

LA

2d

225-6636

*Keating, William R.

MA

10th

225-3111

*Tsongas, Niki

MA

5th

225-3411

*Edwards, Donna F.

MD

4th

225-8699

*Sarbanes, John P.

MD

3d

225-4016

*Pingree, Chellie

ME

1st

225-6116

*Clarke, Hansen

MI

13th

225-2261

*Peters, Gary C.

MI

9th

225-5802

*Ellison, Keith

MN

5th

225-4755

*Walz, Timothy J.

MN

1st

225-2472

*Sablan, Gregorio

MP

Delegate

225-2646

*Kissell, Larry

NC

8th

225-3715

McIntyre, Mike

NC

7th

225-2731

Shuler, Heath

NC

11th

225-6401

*Sires, Albio

NJ

13th

225-7919

*Heinrich, Martin

NM

1st

225-6316

*Luján, Ben Ray

NM

3d

225-6190

*Clarke, Yvette D.

NY

11th

225-6231

*Hochul, Kathleen C.

NY

26th

225-5265

*Owens, William L.

NY

23d

225-4611

*Tonko, Paul

NY

21st

225-5076

Bishop, Timothy H.

NY

1st

225-3826

*Fudge, Marcia L.

OH

11th

225-7032

*Sutton, Betty

OH

13th

225-3401

Ryan, Tim

OH

17th

225-5261

Boren, Dan

OK

2d

225-2701

*Bonamici, Suzanne

OR

1st

225-0855

Schrader, Kurt

OR

5th

225-5711

*Altmire, Jason

PA

4th

225-2565

*Critz, Mark S.

PA

12th

225-2065

Fattah, Chaka

PA

2d

225-4001

*Pierluisi, Pedro R.

PR

Resident Commissioner

225-2615

*Cicilline, David N.

RI

1st

225-4911

*Cohen, Steve

TN

9th

225-3265

Cooper, Jim

TN

5th

225-4311

Matheson, Jim

UT

2d

225-3011

*Connolly, Gerald E.

VA

11th

225-1492

*Welch, Peter

VT

At Large

225-4115

 

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