B’nai B’rith International commends Congress for reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with a strong bipartisan majority. The legislation sets aside as much as $660 million annually over the next five years for programs to help women who are victims of crime, abuse and sexual assault.
The law was initially enacted in 1994, but lapsed in 2011. The updated VAWA now includes protections for the LGBT community as well as Native American women.
B’nai B’rith hails today’s vote as a breakthrough for millions of vulnerable Americans of varying backgrounds who are victims of domestic violence. This victory is long overdue.
We urge President Obama to swiftly sign VAWA into law.