April 13, 2015

ABA honors Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar for efforts to protect vulnerable populations, eliminate workplace discrimination

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015 — Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will receive the American Bar Association’s Congressional Justice Award April 14 for her efforts to protect vulnerable populations from violence, exploitation, and assault and to eliminate discrimination in the workplace.

Klobuchar, the senior senator from Minnesota and the state’s first woman senator, is being recognized by the ABA for her leadership in sponsoring and enacting the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. She also is being recognized for her leadership in addressing sex trafficking, including introducing the Stop Exploitation through Trafficking Act of 2014 and for her efforts to assure justice for victims of sexual assault in the military.

The ABA also appreciates her avid support for legislation to end discrimination in the workplace, specifically the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was recently introduced and seeks to strengthen laws to assure that women get equal pay for equal work, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Klobuchar also was committed to the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012.

“Senator Klobuchar has worked tirelessly to assure justice for victims of domestic and sexual assault,” ABA President William C. Hubbard said. “She also has been a leading advocate to end discrimination and promote fairness in the workplace. We are proud to be honoring her.”

One of 20 female senators serving in the 114th Congress, Sen. Klobuchar serves as chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, which brings together senators, businesses, community leaders, policy experts and intergovernmental organizations to help develop policies to strengthen the economy. Heavily involved in legislative efforts to create a competitive and fair work environment, she also serves on the Joint Economic Committee, the President’s Export Council, the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, where she is ranking member.

Before serving in the Senate, Klobuchar headed the largest prosecutor’s office in Minnesota for eight years, making the prosecution of violent and career criminals her top priority. 

Klobuchar will receive one of four ABA Congressional Justice Awards that will be given as part of the association’s annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession. ABA Day 2015 brings distinguished lawyers from 50 states to Washington, D.C., to discuss issues such as funding for Legal Services Corporation, overincarceration and juvenile justice reform.

Other recipients of 2015 ABA Congressional Justice Awards include Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.).

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