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Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement

January 20, 2022

“Recognizing the escalation of violence in our world, and especially its impact on women and children, we choose to act with diligence in the pursuit of peace and nonviolence.”

– IHM Chapter 2000 Directions

National Day of Action for the Reauthorization of VAWA

Yesterday, Jan. 19, was a National Day of Action for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). However, there’s still time to contact your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and pass this critical legislation.

It has become clear during this pandemic that Congress must reauthorize VAWA, as COVID-19 has led to increased incidents of domestic violence and limited opportunities for victims to escape their circumstances. Since 1994, VAWA has been the primary way that the federal government responds to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Equipped with bipartisan support and co-sponsorship, the reauthorized VAWA would strengthen rape prevention, increase education efforts and services, and expand access to emergency housing support for survivors. The bill’s initiatives are based on extensive work with survivors, direct service providers, and other stakeholders.

Currently, a bipartisan group of Senators is working to finalize the details of this bill, which they plan to introduce this month. They need help to build support around the bill so that it can be introduced with as many bipartisan co-sponsors as possible.

Click here to urge your Senator to co-sponsor and pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022.

“Did You Know…?” The 2022 version of VAWA could specifically help protect indigenous women by including new provisions expanding tribal jurisdiction over gender violence. However, there’s more work to be done. Click here to read more.

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