MCASA E-lert: Join us for a VAWA Senate Day of Action on 10/20

Oct 15th, 2021

On October 20th, join us in urging the Senate to introduce and pass a strong VAWA reauthorization that meets the needs of survivors.

VAWA is one of the main pillars of the Federal government’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. First passed in 1994, it has been reauthorized three times since then, each time with critical enhancements.

The House of Representatives passed H.R.1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, more than six months ago, but the Senate has yet to introduce a bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA that builds on H.R.1620 and does not leave anyone behind. VAWA’s reauthorization would have targeted updates to protect survivors, with a focus on Communities of Color, Tribes, and LGBTQ survivors, ensuring they have access to vital services and resources to prevent future violence. 

Funding from VAWA is vital to the ability of rape crisis centers to respond to sexual assault survivors. 

On October 20th, contact our Maryland Senators to thank them for their past support of VAWA, and urge them to move quickly to introduce a reauthorization bill in order to give communities more resources, and survivors more opportunities to heal.

Senator Cardin
(202) 224-4524
Email Senator Cardin

Senator Van Hollen
(202) 224-4654
Email Senator Van Hollen

Sample Tweets

.@SenatorCardin Now is NOT the time to maintain the status quo. Any bill coming through the Senate must build on HR1620. Victims & Survivors need a bipartisan #VAWA4ALL with enhancements to meet survivor and community needs! #VAWA21

We need a strong #VAWA4ALL that builds on HR 1620 now! Survivors can’t wait! Advocates can’t wait! Our communities can’t wait!

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