Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act on House floor 1st week of April

March 27, 2019

ACTION ALERT: VAWA will be on the House floor first week of April!

It’s not too late to counter attacks against and to improve VAWA!

Use our NEW toolkit to pressure Congress to do the right thing!

Vote for H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019!

Add your organization’s name to our sign-on letter in support of H.R.1585!

Please forward widely!

The House of Representatives is slated to vote next week on H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01). H.R.1585 is a modest reauthorization bill that includes narrowly focused enhancements to address gaps identified by victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the people who work on the ground with them every day.

Please sign our ORGANIZATIONAL LETTER OF SUPPORT by Wednesday, April 3 to show Congress that organizations around the country care about this issue and support H.R.1585.

Then, use this NEW TOOLKIT to contact your Representative by phone, by email, or on social media. And don’t forget to write a letter to the editor or an op-ed! The toolkit contains scripts, talking points, a list of key enhancements, Tweets, Facebook posts, graphics, and letter-to-the editor and op-ed templates.

Also, in case you missed it, you can listen to a recording of last Thursday’s VAWA call explaining the contents of H.R.1585 HERE.


When H.R.1585 went through the House Judiciary Committee, several Representatives tried to roll back vital VAWA protections by:

  • Allowing non-Natives to prey on Native women on Tribal lands with impunity;
  • Allowing publicly-funded domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to discriminate against survivors who they don’t like and turn away vulnerable victims in need of protection and help; and
  • Taking money away from communities and giving it to organizations like the NRA to teach people how to use guns.

Instead of committing to improve VAWA to address the identified needs of victims and survivors through moderate enhancements, other lawmakers introduced a year-long ‘straight reauthorization of VAWA (with no improvements) that ignores the identified needs of survivors. Lawmakers need to take a principled stand and fight for improved access to and justice for victims and survivors. In the era of #MeToo, we have the opportunity to make meaningful positive change to protect and support all survivors – anything less is unacceptable.

If you have questions or want to report the outcome of your contacts with Members of Congress, please email


These members should especially be asked to be co-sponsors and encouraged to vote for the “real” VAWA, H.R. 1585, and not harmful or weakening amendments or attempts to delay passage with an unnecessary “straight reauthorization” extension.  Find their contact informationhere.  Ask to talk to the staff person who handles VAWA and/or women’s issues.  Make a note of this person’s name and contact info and follow up with them.  Develop a working relationship with them if possible.  Thanks.  Pat


Cindy Axne (Iowa)

Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.)

Jim Costa (Calif.)

Angie Craig (Minn.)

Charlie Crist (Fla.)

Joe Cunningham (S.C.)

Antonio Delgado (N.Y.)

Abby Finkenauer (Iowa)

Jared Golden (Maine)

Josh Gotteimer (N.J.)

Kendra Horn (Okla.)

Andy Kim (N.J.)

Conor Lamb (Pa.) 

Susie Lee (Nev.)

Elaine Luria (Va.)

Ben McAdams (Utah)

Stephanie Murphy (Fla.)

Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.)

Collin Peterson (Minn.)

Max Rose (N.Y.)

Kurt Schrader (Ore.)

Mikie Sherrill (N.J.)

Elissa Slotkin (Mich.)

Abigail Spanberger (Va.)

Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.)

Jeff Van Drew (N.J.).



Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)

John Katko (R-N.Y.)

Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)

Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.)

Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio)

Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

David Joyce (R-Ohio)

David McKinley (W.V.)

Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)

Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)

Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)

Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)

Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)

John Curtis (R-Utah)

Mike Bost (R-Ill.)

Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)

Jennifer Gonzalez Colon (R-P.R.)

Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)

Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)

Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)

Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

William Hurd (R-Texas)

Paul Cook (R-CA)

Don Young (R-AK)

Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women

REDress Project makes U.S. debut at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Source: In the galleries: Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women – The Washington Post

Note: There is a National Day of Awareness of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women on May 5.  There has been a request that COC NOW women hang out a red dress in recognition on that day.