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Violence Against Women Act Passes Out of House Judiciary Committee

By Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco , March 13, 2019

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.

Letter Statement to the House Judiciary Committee Pertaining to H.R. 1585, the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019." 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation urges members of the House Judiciary Committee to support the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585) and its effortsto address violence against Native women.

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco manages the Native American Advocacy program lobbying on legislation that affects Native communities. She builds connections between tribes, tribal organizations, and non-Indian allies, particularly among a wide range of faith groups, to ensure tribal needs are addressed.