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ACTION ALERT: 05.14.12

Tell Congress to Support Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

One out of every four women in the United States is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. However, only 5 percent of incidents are reported – and in poor and struggling communities the rates are even worse. Immigrant women are at a higher risk, when immigration status becomes one more weapon the abuser has over the victim.

That is why re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in Congress is critical. Created 18 years ago, VAWA has provided essential protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. VAWA was created because Congress recognized that abusers routinely used victims’ immigration status to perpetuate the cycle of abuse. It is very important to immigrant women and the Asian American community. According to the most recent Census data, more than 5 million Asian American women are immigrants.

However, Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), has introduced H.R. 4970, a reauthorization bill that would weaken protections already in existing law for women who are victims of crime. The bill, passed by the House Judiciary Committee, would actually give abusers more power over their victims and roll back decades of protections for immigrant survivors, and would endanger the population it was designed to protect and ultimately defeat the entire purpose of VAWA.

We need to act together now. The House is set to vote this Wednesday on H.R. 4970. NOW is the time to let House leaders know that Congress MUST preserve the protections in VAWA necessary to assist vulnerable women and victims, whether immigrant or not, from abuse and violence.

Call your representative NOW and urge them to vote NO on H.R. 4970!

Call the Capitol Switchboard to be connected to your Representative: 866-996-5161

This Action Alert was from the AAJC website. Click here to view.

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