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Urgent Action Needed on VAWA Tribal Provisions

This is your opportunity to make a life-saving difference in the lives of vulnerable women and girls. PLEASE ACT NOW!


The Background

As we work to ensure that a VAWA that safely and effectively protects all victims is swiftly passed, advocates at the national level have learned that some Members of Congress continue to struggle with the constitutionality of expanding tribal courts’ criminal jurisdiction, as proposed in Section 904. Representatives Issa and Cole have introduced substitute language that would remedy these constitutional concerns while still giving tribal courts meaningful jurisdiction and opportunity to redress crimes committed on tribal land against Native American women. We, and our tribal colleagues, support Issa-Cole as a reasonable alternative, but we need your action to ensure that Members of Congress also stand behind this proposal.

Thank you for all of your hard work and advocacy to end domestic violence!

The Policy Team