The Republican's version of VAWA, which substitutes the Senate's inclusive, comprehensive version of S.47 for a bill that excludes effective protections for LGBT, immigrant, tribal and campus victims, will likely be on the House floor this Thursday. NTF opposes this bill. We need to call our Representatives and firmly ask them to vote against the House Republican Leader's substitute VAWA and ask them to vote for the field-approved VAWA passed in the Senate.
- Fails to include the LGBT provisions from the Senate bill.
- Fails to include "stalking" among the list of crimes covered by the U visa (a critical law enforcement tool that encourages immigrant victims to assist with the investigation or prosecution of certain enumerated crimes); current law already includes domestic violence and sexual assault, among others, and the Senate bill's inclusion of "stalking" recognizes the serious threat this crime poses to safety.
- Provides non-tribal batterers with additional tools to manipulate the justice system, takes away existing protections for Native women by limiting existing tribal power to issue civil orders of protection against non-Native abusers, while weakening protections for Native women.
- Contains harsh administrative penalties and hurdles for small struggling programs and an additional layer of bureaucracy through the office of the Attorney General. .
- Drops important provisions in the Senate bill that deal with improving campus safety and that work toward erasing the rape kit backlog.
- Weakens protections for victims in public housing.
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