Hi Folks – If you can take action today – now, in fact! – to pressure Senator Grassley to do the right thing on the Violence Against Women Act, please do. This just in from my daughter, Fionna:
We need your help again! Last year you helped us defeat a bad version of the Violence Against Women Act in the House of Representatives that placed immigrant survivors at great risk. TODAY, the Senate is debating the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill (S.47) that provides protection to all victims.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) proposes amendments that will leave many victims unprotected, potentially bring abusers into the process, and place victims at even more risk for abuse. His amendments roll back protections for immigrant victims and restrict immigration laws that are not relevant to VAWA.
Sen. Grassley’s amendments will derail VAWA and leave victims more vulnerable and without access to life-saving protections for many victims. Examples of Sen. Grassley’s proposals could include:
- Allowing abuser input into petitions by spouses and children of abusive US citizens and lawful permanent residents
- Requiring immigrant victims seeking protection to attend interviews at immigration offices that may have no training on domestic violence and located hours away from their homes.
- Imposing unreasonable burdens on crime victims by requiring that criminal activity be “actively” under investigation for a person to be eligible for protection under a U visa.
- Requiring victims to report crimes within 120 days to be eligible for a U visa.
- Using this VAWA law to restrict immigration laws not relevant to VAWA.
Senators need to hear from you NOW. The debate is happening now and a vote could come as early as this afternoon.
Ask you senator to vote NO to amendments proposed by Senator Grassley.
Call the Capitol Switchboard NOW at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your senators’ offices.
We are confident that with your help, we can soon celebrate a reauthorization of VAWA that protects all survivors. Thank you for continuing to speak out to defend immigrant victims of violence.
This alert is issued by the Immigration Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, which includes members that are leading national experts on VAWA protections for immigrant survivors such as: ASISTA Immigration Assistance, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Tahirih Justice Center and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.