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The Violence Against Women Act must not roll back protections!


Women’s rights are human rights, and here in the United States of America all women must be treated with dignity and fairness. But the Violence Against Women Act — which ensures women have access to care and justice — is under threat.

In April of 2019, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, which reauthorizes VAWA and includes strong protections for survivors, including better protections for Native American women, inclusive protections for LGBTQ survivors, and closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole” that allows abusers to remain armed with guns.

But VAWA remains stalled in the Senate, with two “competing” bills. Senator Feinstein’s (CA) S.2843 the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 is a companion bill to H.R. 1585, and includes critical protection for Native American women and LGBTQ survivors. Unfortunately, a competing bill has been introduced by Senator Ernst (IA), which would strip protections from LGBTQ survivors, roll back LGBTQ non-discrimination policies, and go backwards on progress for Native women, and keep the “boyfriend loophole."

Email your Senators today to tell them to co-sponsor S. 2843, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019—not an imposter bill that rolls back protections!