SurvivorStoriesNOW: Because We Need VAWA
Act NOW to Pass the Violence Against Women Act
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This legislation is vital.
We’re asking for your help in standing up, speaking out, and being an integral part of advocating for a strong and fully-funded Violence Against Women Act. We are excited to announce the launch of our report and micro-website SurvivorStoriesNOW.org which lays out the vital impact of VAWA and elevates the voices of real survivors and the organizations and advocates working on the frontlines of gender-based violence. We hope that you will use the report and website to advocate for a strong VAWA.
The timing could not be more critical.
In July, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D – Texas) introduced the reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 6545). The historically bipartisan legislation was first introduced more than two decades ago and is credited with transforming our federal government’s to gender-based violence. Without action by Congress, VAWA will expire at the end of this September.
Women’s Justice NOW Executive Director and NOW-NY President Sonia Ossorio said, “We are amplifying the voices of the survivors who have relied on the vital programs of the Violence Against Women Act, and we are calling on our Congressional leaders to act without delay to reauthorize a strong VAWA.” Get our press statement.
About our campaign.
In the Spring of 2017, Women’s Justice NOW, in partnership with the National Organization for Women – New York, launched a campaign to shed light on the need for a strong VAWA. Organizing a series of Women’s Town Halls in multiple cities across New York, survivors and service providers shared their stories to discuss the relevance of VAWA in their work and lives. In total, powerful testimony was collected from over 75 organizations and survivors of sexual violence to make the undeniable case for supporting a strong VAWA.
We are so grateful to the many individual survivors, organizations and advocates who joined us in standing up, speaking out, and being an integral part advocating for a strong and fully-funded Violence Against Women Act in 2018.