VAWA UPDATE: National Day of Action >>

June 18th, 2012

VAWA UPDATE: National Day of Action

The 2012 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization remains stalled due to significant differences in the Senate (S. 1925) and House (HR 4970) passed bills, and procedural posturing. House and Senate leaders agree on the importance of reauthorizing VAWA this year, but they continue to disagree on substance of the reauthorization and the process to move forward.

In order to pressure both chambers to move forward, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence has scheduled a National Day of Action in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The National Task Force (NTF) is made up of tribal, state, and local organizations and individuals committed to securing an end to violence against women.

NTF has strongly backed inclusion and retention of the tribal criminal jurisdiction provisions in the 2012 VAWA Reauthorization. They have coordinated and worked with NCAI on this important issue. The NTF is also supporting inclusion of the Senate bill’s provisions to expand domestic violence protections for the immigrant the LGTB community.

Provisions to restore local tribal control to investigate and prosecute reservation acts of domestic and dating violence will play a big role in the Rally. Women tribal leaders and tribal advocates will march on the Hill, and participate in meetings with congressional decisions makers during the week.

All Tribes are urged to consider invoking grass roots campaigns, conducting local public relations efforts, and directly contacting their home state House and Senate delegation during this important week. Tribes should urge their delegation to support inclusion of the tribal criminal jurisdiction provisions in the final VAWA bill. These provisions will restore local control to tribal governments, and provide the only way to stop the epidemic of violence against Native women and children.

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