Breaking News: President Biden Signs
Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization
Today we are proud to announce that President Biden reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as part of the bipartisan omnibus spending package! The landmark VAWA since 2013 has prohibited discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity by those providing help to victims.
The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization creates the first grant program dedicated to expanding and developing initiatives specifically for LGBTQ domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Our sister organization, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, participated in a working group on bill language and advocated for its passage.
VAWA will provide funding for LGBTQ domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Unfortunately, the omnibus package also included the unjust Hyde Amendment which bars federal funding to cover most abortions, undermining reproductive justice and the bodily integrity of women and LGBTQ folx. This is especially true for Black and Brown people, people dependent for their health and survival on federal monies, and people living in poverty.
VAWA reauthorization is a big win. Obviously, there is still more work to be done. We must continue to fight for federal nondiscrimination protections for all of who we are! For our bodies, our lives, and for future generations. Continue to follow us here to keep up to date and informed on how to advocate for our full civil rights.