- Native Americans
Violence Against Women Act Passes Out of House Judiciary Committee
Great news! On Wednesday, March 13, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1585, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It now heads to the House floor for a full vote.
H.R 1585 will greatly extend protections for Native women and girls, by expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians to include crimes of sexual-assault, stalking, sex trafficking, and child abuse. Tribal officers who may be harmed while keeping the community safe are also protected under this legislation.
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Additionally, this bill addresses the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women by calling for improved responses to missing cases, better communication between tribal, state, local and federal law enforcement, and enhanced data collection on missing cases, as well as tribal access to federal criminal databases.
During the House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) proposed and successfully passed an amendment requiring the Attorney General to report annually to Congress on the statistics of missing and murdered cases.
Republican committee members voted in favor of an amendment that revoked tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians. The amendment did not pass committee, but it could return to threaten these critical tribal provisions. Tribal jurisdiction has improved public safety and justice in tribal communities. We must continue to protect tribal communities by keeping these provisions within VAWA! Contact your Representative today.