Domestic Violence in the World of Immigration: The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Abusers use their power to keep their victims silenced. A2C wants to help you give them the power to Speak Up!!

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On February 12, 2013, VAWA Re-authorization was approved by the Senate, and expanded to also protect the LGBTQ population as well as Native American victims of domestic violence as reported by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (http://www.4vawa.org). On February 28, 2013, the House of Representative passed this Bill, and on March 7, 2013 President Obama signed this bill into law for the next 5 years (www.whitehouse.gov). On June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court stroke down the key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which denied same-sex marriage couples federal benefits (www.washingtonpost.com), allowing for the inclusion of the LGBTQ population of the recently past VAWA Bill to also apply to VAWA immigration petition. These are groundbreaking legislative steps in the fight for human rights, now is our turn to keep up the good work and become informed.

The Violence Against Women Act Training: Overcoming Barriers for Immigrant Victims of Abuse

Learn the myths and break the barriers that keep immigrant victims of domestic violence from seeking help. The Violence Against Women Act Training provides first responders, law enforcement, mental health professionals, community members, and victims with tools on how to assist and empower immigrant victims of domestic/sexual violence.

This training has often been provided in collaboration with Immigration Attorney Andrea Timerman, which can be done upon request.

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The VAWA training was originally developed in collaboration with Immigration Attonery Jacob L. Ratzan.

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