National Asian Pacific
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2013
Contact: Azizah Ahmad
NAPABA APPLAUDS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA FOR SIGNING
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN REAUTHORIZATION ACT INTO LAW
WASHINGTON - Today, President Barack Obama signed the
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) into law.
Advocates, law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, members of
Congress, and Vice President Joe Biden, the author of the original VAWA
passed in 1994, attended the signing ceremony.
"The Violence Against Women Act will provide much
needed protections to some of the most vulnerable members of our
society," said Wendy Shiba, president of the National Asian Pacific
American Bar Association (NAPABA). "Today marks a historic day because
immigrant, Native American, and LGBT victims of violence will finally
receive the resources that they so desperately need and deserve. NAPABA
commends Congress for reauthorizing the bill and the President for
signing it into law."
VAWA was first enacted into law in 1994 and
reauthorized in 2000 and 2005. The bill expired in 2012 and last month,
the House and Senate voted to reauthorize VAWA. The 2013 reauthorization
includes increased safeguards for immigrant, Native American, and LGBT
victims of violence. The law also includes the Trafficking Victims
Protection Act, which was originally a stand-alone bill that expired in
2011. VAWA will remain in effect until 2018, when it will again be up
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 63 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.