Violence Against Women Act Introduced!
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today with additional bipartisan co-sponsors. The legislation is almost identical to the bill that passed the Senate last year, including the same strong provisions to address sexual assault, except for a few minor changes:
- The bill does not include the U-Visa increase that created procedural difficulties last year. It is hoped that this issue will be included in comprehensive immigration reform legislation later this year.
- The bill also includes the bipartisan version of the SAFER Act that passed the Senate last year and addresses the backlog of sexual assault evidence.
- The bill excludes some admendments added by t he Judiciary committee after introduction last year that did not relat! e directly to VAWA.
Senators Leahy and Crapo will hold a press conference on Wednesday, January 23rd at 2:00 eastern to discuss the legislation, and NAESV Board President Monika Johnson Hostler will be speaking.