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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence Letter to President Trump on VAWA

March 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) released a statement regarding a letter sent to President Trump about supporting the programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget:

“Domestic and sexual violence is still a prevalent problem in today’s society.  As an elected official in Congress, Vice-Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus and as a woman, I am passionate about promoting the importance of the need to continued support of the VAWA program.  Since 1994, VAWA has been able to change our nation’s focus in combatting crimes against humanity by improving our criminal justice system and giving the support and resources to victims of these violent acts. In a time when our government needs unity, supporting the reauthorization of VAWA is a bipartisan effort to ending sexual and domestic violence through their cost effective and successful programs.

“When I was elected as Vice Chair of Congressional Women’s Caucus, I said, “I am committed to collaborating in creating legislation that supports the needed and necessary goals of this Caucus.” Prioritizing the VAWA in the budget for the 2018 fiscal year is a collective way to ensure stalking, dating violence, and assaults are reduced and prevented. Women, men, children, and adults are all vulnerable to this horrific violence if the VAWA is not reauthorized to provide the resources and services that help protect so many in our country.   

“The VAWA has been supported by both Republicans and Democrats sending a message for years that ending domestic and sexual violence is not a partisan issue. When both sides of the aisle join forces, action can be taken to bring about solutions to disturbing crimes such as these. I look forward to seeing the President join the leaders that came before him and combat this issue by supporting the VAWA in the budget for the 2018 fiscal year.”