Who Stands Against Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence?


Congress is debating the reauthorization of VAWA once again; it has already been passed by the Senate.  The bill that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Eric Cantor (R–VA) and Sandy Adams (R–FL) would roll back years of protections and bipartisan commitment to protect vulnerable immigrant victims of domestic violence, stalking, sex crimes, and human trafficking.  

Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 today and ask to speak with your representative.  Tell your representative to oppose H.R. 4970 because it doesn’t include protections for all victims and it rolls back protections for victims of domestic violence.  Here is an example of what you can say:

“My name is _________ and I am a constituent calling from _________.  I strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 4970 because it denies victims protection and deters victims of crime from cooperating with law enforcement.  I urge you to support a bill that protects all victims of domestic violence.”

Since its inception, VAWA has protected immigrant victims of domestic violence by permitting them to obtain legal status on their own when their U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident spouses, as part of the abuse, refused to petition for them.  H.R. 4970 would roll back these protections by removing critical confidentiality provisions and requiring notification of the abuser as part of the VAWA self-petition process.  

Thank you for giving voice to those among the most vulnerable in our society!