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Senate Likely Will Pass Expanded Violence Against Women Act Today

Senate Likely Will Pass Expanded Violence Against Women Act Today

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) promised that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would be the first bill he pushed in the 113th Congress after the House failed to vote on a version of VAWA that the Senate passed last year. The Senate version expanded protections for immigrant, LGBT, and Native American victims, which [...]

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Still No Resolution on VAWA, Protections for Immigrants at Risk

Still No Resolution on VAWA, Protections for Immigrants at Risk

Despite the recent controversy over amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), there is still no resolution on its reauthorization. The bill remains stalled in Congress due to conflicting versions passed by the House and Senate. As one source put it, while the current impasse is technically procedural (due to a revenue-related procedural rule), [...]

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House Judiciary Committee Sends Wrong Mother’s Day Message with Amendments to VAWA

House Judiciary Committee Sends Wrong Mother’s Day Message with Amendments to VAWA

The House Judiciary Committee sent the wrong kind of Mother’s Day message to women this week, proposing to roll back protections for victims of violence that have been in place even before the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first passed in 1994. While the proposed amendments were discouraging in their own right, the fact [...]

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How Congress Can Better Protect Immigrant Victims of Crime

Written by on February 9, 2012 in Congress, Family, Uncategorized, Visas with 1 Comment
How Congress Can Better Protect Immigrant Victims of Crime

BY ANDREA RAMOS, SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL This week the Washington Post reported on two laws that protect victims of domestic abuse who are also immigrants. The story profiles women who were literally saved from abusive relationships by law enforcement who then guided them to programs that offer a special form of immigration relief for victims.

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