Tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

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The undersigned respectfully request that Attorney General Sessions honor the tenants of the Violence Against Women Act as established. The Fourteenth Amendment provides the inalienable right that every person receive equal protection under the law.

You, as Attorney General, have the duty to provide equal application under the law to all people, including people who face discrimination because of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability.

VAWA, and its subsequent reauthorizations, was enacted to address the issues of sexual and domestic violence, services for those affected by domestic violence. It provided for the establishment of violence protection programs, funding of programs for victims assistance programs to meet the needs of immigrant women, women of different races, and the LGBTQ population.

It also provides programs for victims with disabilities, children affected by violence and legal aid for survivors of violence. VAWA’s enactment was necessary to prevent differential application of the laws to survivors of gender based domestic violence, including those from historically marginalized communities.

VAWA provides services and assistance to those who most need it and least able to access those services. Continued support and funding for the program is necessary to provide justice for all.