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Domestic Workers Face Particular Challenges Reporting Domestic Violence

Once the election is finally over, Congress will decide whether to keep provisions of VAWA that could pose challenges for domestic workers toiling in private homes throughout the United States.

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Reflections On My One-Year Anniversary: Latinas Hold the Power and Potential of This Nation’s Future

In the whirlwind of policy debates and activist conferences, it is easy to gloss over the victories we’ve accomplished together this past year. As I look forward to my next year, I’m glad to have such powerful hermanas beside me because we still have much work to tackle. 

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Increasing Dollars for Domestic Violence: How Companies Can Do Right for Women and Girls

As corporations expand their philanthropic giving, an epidemic that affects millions of American women is being pushed further out of sight: Domestic violence. The economic toll that domestic abuse exacts on our social service system, workplaces, and law enforcement is in the billions.

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As VAWA Languishes in Congress, Domestic Violence Shelters in Texas Are Struggling to Meet Demand

Screenshot from a 2011 KTEK report that domestic violence was up 23 percent in East Texas.

It has been a brutal summer for victims of family violence. If we send someone new to Washington DC, will they take action? Will a new Senator or House Representative reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)?

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Time is Running Out to Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act

Activists rally on Capitol Hill June 26, 2012 for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act / Getty Images

Originally passed in 1994, VAWA has been consistently reauthorized and improved with broad bipartisan support. This year, however, the far right wing in the House is insisting on leaving specific groups of women unprotected. Why?

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House VAWA Bill is Racist, Elitist, Homophobic, and Anti-Victim

There’s a big secret about the bill to address the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, introduced by Representative Adams, that’s no longer so secret:  it’s racist, elitist, homophobic and anti-victim.

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H.R. 4970 Would Leave Immigrants More Vulnerable, and In Some Cases Endanger their Lives.

The House of Representatives should take a deep breath, change course, and revise its Violence Against Women Act bill to ensure that our laws continue to uphold our nation’s proud tradition of protecting vulnerable immigrant victims.

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Republican Partisan Bill H.R. 4970 Will Make Life More Difficult for Domestic Abuse Victims

Unfortunately, House Republicans are advancing H.R. 4970, which would undermine the core principles of VAWA.  H.R. 4970 is not VAWA – it goes against the intent of VAWA which is to protect victims – if anything, this bill will only make it worse for victims. 

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VAWA Saved My Life. Now House Republicans Are Pushing For Changes That Will Leave Others Like Me Vulnerable

The government cannot let abusers continue to have control.  The government is supposed to protect victims. VAWA saved my life, and I hope it is left as it is now so it can continue to save other women in dangerous situations.

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House Bill on Violence Would Hand Power to Abusers of Immigrant Women and Allow Criminal Prosecution of Victims

We are appalled at the immigration provisions that the judiciary committee in the House of Representatives passed in HR4970. This bill erodes protections available to immigrant victims who are the victims of domestic abuse.

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