Urgent Action Needed on VAWA Tribal Provisions:

Tell Congress to Protect Tribal Victims

Last week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and some of his Republican colleagues introduced H.R. 6625, the Violence Against Indian Women Act, which contains compromise solutions to help address opponents’ constitutional concerns regarding tribal court jurisdiction and move VAWA forward.

CALL:  

First, call 888.269.5702 to connect to the Capitol switchboard.  Then ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative (www.house.gov). Tell your congressperson to sign on as a co-sponsor or pledge their support for the Issa-Cole § 904 compromise language (HR 6625).

Then, call Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor (also using the number above) and tell them that a final VAWA that does not protect Native women and does not hold perpetrators accountable is unacceptable. Urge them to support the Issa-Cole compromise on tribal provisions (H.R. 6625) and include that language in VAWA so that a final VAWA can move forward to protect all victims

Background:

American Indian and Alaska Native women are abused, raped and stalked at far greater rates that any other population of women in United States – 6 out of 10 will be physically assaulted in their lifetime, and 1 in 3 Native women will be raped.  Eighty-eight percent of the abuse against Native women is committed by non-Native men—but we permit this abuse to go unchecked because we do not allow police officers, prosecutors and judges on tribal lands to perform their legal obligations regarding these non-Native men.  This is simply unconscionable.  Each of us has an opportunity, now, to right this wrong.

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 resist expanding tribal courts’ criminal jurisdiction, as proposed in Section 904.  Representatives Issa and Cole have introduced substitute language that would address 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. 

Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Advocates and Survivors

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing  The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote. 

Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People

THIS RECORDING

This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s). 

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

THE SERIES

The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.