February 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday to support the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, ending a yearlong battle on Capitol Hill to reauthorize legislation targeting domestic violence. The bill expands protections to include same-sex couples, immigrants and Native Americans. President Obama is expected to quickly sign the bill into law, which comes nearly two decades after enactment of the initial law, which was authored by then-Sen.
February 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- With broad support from the U.S. Senate, legislation to renew and expand the Violence Against Women Act is heading to the House of Representatives, where a previous renewal bid failed over Republican concerns about new services for gay, immigrant and Native American victims of domestic violence. The Senate's 78-22 vote Tuesday afternoon reauthorizing the act extends central provisions such as funding for investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women while also expanding services for the groups it did not previously serve.
February 7, 2013 |
Washington - The Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican proposal to prevent federal aid from being spent on immigrant, gay and Native American victims of domestic violence, the key objections that have so far help up Congressional reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The Senate on Monday will again take up reauthorization of the measure, which expired at the end of 2011. The act, which Congress has reauthorized twice with bipartisan support since it was created in 1994, funds investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women.
March 1, 2013
After more than a year of bitter partisan fighting, Congress on Thursday finally reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, including new provisions that will extend the law's protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and Native American victims of domestic violence. It's about time. There is no rational explanation for why lawmakers took so long to reauthorize this legislation, which was first enacted in 1994 and had been renewed twice with broad bipartisan support. Admittedly, the revised law covers a broader group of victims.
October 18, 2009 |
Kathy Cleaves-Milan called police to report that her live-in boyfriend had brandished a gun and vowed to end both of their lives. Within days, her apartment managers served her with eviction papers for violating the terms of the lease, citing the criminal activity she had reported. "I was punished for protecting myself and my daughter," Cleaves-Milan, 36, said. Earlier this month, her attorneys filed a lawsuit arguing that her 2007 eviction was a form of sex discrimination. A representative of Aimco, the company that owned and operated the apartment complex, said the eviction wasn't solely about the domestic violence but also involved Cleaves-Milan's ability to afford the rent if her boyfriend moved out -- an assertion she strongly rejected.
April 18, 2014 |
What does the federal Violence Against Women Act have to do with outlawing discrimination against gays and lesbians? A good deal, it turns out. The latest version of the law, which among other things provides grants to agencies that deal with victims of sexual assaults, has a nondiscrimination provision. It says that recipients may not discriminate in their hiring on the basis of “actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.” The Justice Department recently released a briefing paper on implementation of the law. There is a limited exception for necessary “sex-specific programming.” Also, religious agencies, consistent with the Religion Freedom Restoration Act, may prefer members of their own faith in hiring.