The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Urge Congress to support *real* vawa reauthorization!

Posted on: 05.04.12

Please contact your U.S. Representative before May 8 and ask them to OPPOSE the Cantor-Adams proposal (H.R. 4970) and to SUPPORT H.R. 4271 for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act!

Georgia’s U.S. Representatives need to hear loud and clear that all victims should be protected and that victim service providers cannot endure additional bureaucracy.

You can find the name and contact information for your Representative by clicking here.

The backstory

The VAWA reauthorization bill – S.1925 – passed the U.S. Senate last week with bipartisan support.  S.1925 was carefully crafted with based on interviews with more than 2,000 law enforcement, court, prosecution, legal services, and victim services professionals from across the country, and it includes needed protections for immigrant, LGBTQ, and Native American victims.

The U.S. House of Representatives must now pass its version of the bill before it can move to the President for his signature.  H.R. 4271 is the House bill that most closely parallels S.1925.

Unfortunately, some members of the House have introduced a different bill – the Cantor-Adams bill – that weakens or deletes entirely some of the vital improvements in S.1925, including the provisions designed to increase the safety of Native women and address the needs of the LGBTQ 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.  Finally, the Cantor-Adams bill adds additional red tape to victim service providers using these funds.

We must tell Georgia’s U.S. Reps that we strongly oppose the Cantor-Adams bill.  The Cantor-Adams bill is DANGEROUS for victims because:

  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 LGBTQ victims isolated and alone because this bill thinks LGBTQ victims are not the “right” victims worthy of help

Thank you for your continued advocacy on this important legislation!



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