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WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2013 — American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows has urged members of the House of Representatives to vote “NO” on a substitute amendment that would strip the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 47) of crucial improvements that protect all victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
The House is expected to vote today on the full Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 as passed by the Senate. In her letter, Bellows urged Congress to vote “YES” on S. 47, which expands protections for Native Americans, campus victims, survivors of sexual assault and immigrant victims of crimes, and — for the first time — includes protections for LGBTQ victims.
ABA President Bellows’ letter is available here.
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