The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault urges you to contact your U.S. Representative this week and ask them to cosponsor and support H.R.1585: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.
The first Violence Against Women Act was introduced in 1994 to address sexual assault and domestic violence as a national public health issue, offering systematic safety and support to survivors. It has since been reauthorized on three occasions, each time addressing new and pressing aspects of sexual assault and the way it affected particular communities. The bill has recently expired and is now up for reauthorization. This important piece of legislation, sponsored by House Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act with additional protections and support of survivors.
Addressing new concerns related to violence against women, the new VAWA Reauthorization offers additional support to survivors in obtaining independent housing and economic stability. In addition, H.R. 1585 contains guidance to better equip law enforcement and the health system in supporting survivors.
Contact members of Congress this week and urge them
to cosponsor and support H.R.1585,
the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019,
to give communities more resources
and survivors more opportunities to heal.
A list of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Maryland, along with phone and email contact information is below.
U.S. Representatives for Maryland
Representative Andy Harris
202-225-5311 | 410-588-5670
Representative Dutch Ruppersberger
202-225-3061 | 410-628-2701
Representative John Sarbanes
202-225-4016 | 410-295-1679
Representative Anthony G. Brown
202-225-8699 | 410-226-3249
Representative Steny Hoyer
202-225-4131 | 301-474-0119
Representative David Trone
202-225-2721 | 301-926-0300
Representative Elijah Cummings
202-225-4741 | 410-685-9199
Representative Jamie Raskin
202-225-5341 | 301-354-1000