Historic Victory: President Barack Obama Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act
Posted on: Thursday, March 7, 2013
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The legislation, which aims to protect the victims of domestic violence, was originally passed in 1994 but failed to be renewed in 2011 amid concerns of expanded protections. The new law, which received broad bipartisan support, includes specific protections for undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ and Native American populations, providing desperately-needed services to hundreds of thousands, from legal aid to emergency housing.
Our special thanks go to Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Congressman John Conyers and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for demanding a bipartisan bill that extends critical protections to Native American, immigrant and LGTBQ victims. Eighty-seven Republicans crossed party lines to support an inclusive bill.