National Asian Pacific
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2013
Contact: Azizah Ahmad
NAPABA APPLAUDS THE U.S. HOUSE BIPARTISAN PASSAGE
OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
WASHINGTON - Today, in a vote of 286-138, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (S.47). The Act includes key expansions that ensure access to services for victims of sexual and domestic violence in immigrant, Native American, and LGBT communities. The passage of VAWA also includes reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).
"NAPABA applauds the House for passing the Senate version of VAWA that includes comprehensive protections for victims of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking," said Wendy Shiba, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "VAWA and TVPA are critical pieces of legislation for which reauthorization has been long overdue. Today's passage is particularly significant as we move into Women's History Month and honor the achievements and struggles of generations of women."
The House rejected substitutions to the Senate version of VAWA that would have lessened protections for immigrant, Native American, and LGBT communities. The substitutions would have also removed reauthorization of TVPA from the bill. The bill, which includes all of the expanded protections, will now be presented to President Obama to sign into law and, once signed, will remain in effect until 2018.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 62 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of people of color in the legal profession.