ABA Applauds Bipartisan Renewal of VAWA
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2012 from ABANow.org
American Bar Association President Laurel G. Bellows issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to approve S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The legislation includes the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act, a comprehensive federal effort to help trafficked persons and prosecute their traffickers.
“The ABA applauds members of Congress for coming together to renew VAWA and the TVPA with broad bi-partisan support. VAWA is the most effective effort to address crimes of stalking, dating and domestic violence, and sexual assault in our country. Expanding protections for Native Americans, campus victims, survivors of sexual assault, and victims of violence regardless of immigration status, and, for the first time, including protections for lesbian, gay, and bisexual victims is a critical victory for fairness and human dignity.”
“Now we’ll be looking to Congress and President Obama to agree on a fiscal agenda that empowers law enforcement, aid groups, lawyers and courts to provide services to victims of violence and hold their attackers responsible. Allowing budget cuts to decimate the very programs Congress authorized through VAWA would send a terrible message that austerity is more important than public safety. We must leave intact the resources necessary to assist victims to recover fully from their traumatic experience.”
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