House Republicans have put forward a nightmarish Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill HR 4970 that will put victims in extreme danger. They are trying to ram it through the House without debate or possibility of amendments. It strips VAWA of confidentially provisions designed to protect victims from their abusers and eliminates the possibility of legal status for U visa holders who are victims of crimes who were helpful to law enforcment. It also eliminates domestic violence training for employees adjudicating VAWA petitions. It would prevent victims of rape from applying for U visa status unless they can 1) visually identify their rapists and 2) a prosecution is filed. This is devastating bill and we have limited time to push back. House leadership are trying to push it through by early next week. We must protect victims of domestic violence and other crimes- they don't deserve a law that will cause them more trauma. This is more legislative bullying of women and immigrants.
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