Help pass a VAWA that serves EVERYONE

(12/13/2012)

ight now, House leadership is in talks with with VAWA's Senate champions to discuss VAWA. There is a path to bipartisan passage that protects and provides justice for all victims - including Native American victims. Our country must stand to protect all victims. Under current law, Native victims face dire and life-threatening violence on Tribal lands at the hands of non-Native offenders who cannot be prosecuted by tribal courts. National Task Force is unwilling to support a bill that leaves any victim out. It's important for us to tell Republicans that we will stand with them if they do the right thing.

VAWA has bipartisan support and in recent days, dozens of Republican members of Congress have offered real solutions and solid support for the provisions that include all victims. Last week, Congressmen Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced H.R. 6625, a stand-alone bill which contains compromise language to address Republican concerns that the tribal jurisdiction over non tribal defendants is unconstitutional. These good faith efforts to find common ground and a path forward must not be dismissed. 

CALL & TWEET Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor immediately and strongly urge them to seize the moment and get this bill done with the compromise tribal jurisdictional provisions intact. This is their opportunity to be leaders in all of this and we are prayerful and optimistic that they will put politics aside and pass a VAWA inclusive of those thus far left behind. House leadership needs to hear loud and clear that now is the time to pass a VAWA for all victims-Native victims included. And they need to also hear that a VAWA which does not protect Native victims and does not hold perpetrators accountable is unacceptable. 

Speaker Boehner: 202.225.6205
Leader Cantor: 202.225.2815

@EricCantor Be a hero & help pass a #VAWA2012 that protects ALL victims. Your leadership can make this happen. #native #lgbt #immigrants 

@GOPLeader Be a hero & help pass a #VAWA2012 that protects ALL victims. Your leadership can make this happen. #native #lgbt #immigrants 

@SpeakerBoehner Be a hero & help pass a #VAWA2012 that protects ALL victims. Your leadership can make this happen. #native #lgbt #immigrants
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