Please join the Seattle Women’s Commission as we rally in support of the Re-Authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) at Seattle City Hall on June 27th at 6 pm.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, recognizes the insidious and pervasive nature of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to these crimes. VAWA programs, administered by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, provide critical services for survivors of violence and abuse, gives law enforcement, prosecutors and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable, and invest in the prevention of abuse and promotion of safe and healthy communities. VAWA is currently stalled in Congress. It is critical that a VAWA bill that supports all victims of domestic and sexual violence be swiftly reauthorized to ensure the continuation of these vital, lifesaving programs and laws

Specifically we are urging Congress to address and include provisions that protect American Indian and Alaska Natives, Immigrant and Refugees, and the LGBTQ community.

The Seattle Women’s Commission would like to invite you to join us as we bring together elected officials, victim’s advocates, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and community members to assert the importance of the swift re-authorization of VAWA.

Location:
Bertha Knight Landes Room
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Date: June 27, 2012

Time: 6pm-8pm

Contact Abigail Echo-Hawk for more information at echohawkd3@yahoo.com or (206)290-4362

Sponsored by the Seattle Women’s Commission, Councilman Bruce Harrell, the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Seattle Human Rights Commission