Immigrant Women’s Advocates Celebrate Passage of Violence Against Women Act

President Obama signs the Violence Against Women Act.

 

Immigrant Women’s Advocates Celebrate Passage of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) celebrates the House’s passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill provides much needed new protections for immigrant women and girls, including protections from rape and sexual assault for detained children through the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Though the bill does not include an expansion of U-visas that was a part of earlier versions of the bill, it represents a long overdue step forward in the effort to protect survivors of violence. The bill also provides important new protections for LGBT and Native American survivors.Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), an NCIWR steering committee member, comments, “This was long overdue, and we are pleased lawmakers were able to set politics aside to protect women facing violence. This VAWA bill provides important protections for immigrant women, who make many contributions and are the backbones of their families and communities.”

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The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights is the leading national collaboration to specifically focus on women and gender issues in the public discourse on immigration. The coalition represents more than 80 grassroots and advocacy organizations. For more information about the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights, please visit http://nciwr.wordpress.com.

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