Legislative Alerts

March 12, 2013 - 12:18pm

WCADV is part of the Wisconsin Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (WNIRR). There are many similarities between the victory of achieving a strong VAWA reauthorization and the hopefully successful push for comprehensive immigration reform. In fact, protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence were a source of contention in Congress during the reauthorization process. WINRR just sent this action alert drawing the connections between VAWA and comprehensive immigration reform and asking folks to express their disappointment with Sen. Johnson for his NO vote on VAWA. Please see below and take action today.

March 13, 2013 - 9:54am

Please forward widely!

As early as today, the Senate will vote on a funding bill that covers the full function of the federal government for fiscal year 2013.  Senator Harkin (D-IA) has introduced an amendment to the funding bill that will increase funding for domestic violence shelters and programs and the National Domestic Violence Hotline by $6.6 million.  Call your Senators today and urge them to “VOTE YES on the Harkin Amendment.” 

February 26, 2013 - 2:05pm

UPDATE: As a result of your efforts, House leadership has agreed to schedule a vote on S. 47, the Senate version of VAWA that protects all victims, if the House version does not obtain a majority. This means victory is within reach! Call your Congress Person today with a simple message!

February 1, 2013 - 10:25am

The Senate’s bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA, S. 47, will come up for a vote next week. The bill contains key provisions to protect immigrant, LGBT and Tribal victims. The bill will be considered on Monday, February 4 and up for a vote on Thursday, February 7. 

S. 47 now has 60 co-sponsors – due in large part to all of your calls!  This should guarantee VAWA’s passage in the Senate.  However, there is a possibility that amendments could be introduced on the floor next week that would attach non-germane provisions to VAWA and could slow down forward movement on the bill.  Please call your Senators today and Monday, and urge them to vote yes on S. 47, without amendments!

January 15, 2013 - 6:55pm

President Obama has outlined a plan to close dangerous loopholes that allow abusers easy access to weapons.  A domestic violence homicide occurs almost every week in Wisconsin, most involve firearms and in too many cases the perpetrator acquired or bought the gun illegally. Congress must act before another preventable killing takes one more life. Call your Members of Congress today and tell them to work quickly to pass a gun safety bill that includes universal background checks. 

December 10, 2012 - 11:29am

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.

June 22, 2012 - 12:37pm

Tell Congress: Get VAWA Passed!

June 4, 2012 - 12:09pm

For our movement to be successful, survivors and advocates need to stay engaged in the political process. Remember to vote today, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. 

If you are an adult citizen and a Wisconsin resident, you are eligible to register and vote.  No photo ID is necessary.

May 11, 2012 - 1:46pm

The effort for a strong Violence Against Women Act that protects all victims, including immigrant, LBGT and Tribal victims, continues. The House version of VAWA, H.R. 4970, contains harmful provisions and eliminates safety enhancements contained in the Senate version.  A vote on this bill may come as early as next week. 

May 2, 2012 - 10:11am

Please call your U.S. Representative today to express strong opposition to the Cantor-Adams version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization (H.R. 4970) that was introduced last week.  It weakens or deletes entirely some of the vital improvements in the Senate bill, including the strong provisions that are designed to increase the safety of Native women and the needs of the LGBT community.

April 11, 2012 - 2:59pm


VAWA (S. 1925) has 61 sponsors – now is the time for Senate Majority Leader Reid to schedule a vote on VAWA and for all Senators to support S. 1925.

TAKE ACTION: Urge Senator Reid to schedule VAWA for a vote the week of April 16.

S. 1925 has enough sponsors to go to the Senate floor for a vote without a filibuster.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has the power to schedule VAWA for a vote.  Ask him to schedule a vote as soon as possible. 

April 24, 2012 - 3:06pm

The real version of VAWA will be brought to the Senate floor as early as tomorrow.  There will be an attempt to amend the bill in ways that will harm victims and create more bureaucracy.

The amendments would:

March 16, 2012 - 12:01pm

Congratulations on your fantastic advocacy efforts! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has agreed to bring VAWA, S. 1925, to the Senate Floor very, very soon—possibly next week! And Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) became a co-sponsor of VAWA yesterday bringing our total co-sponsors to 59!  

Please call Senator Johnson throughout next week and ask him to support VAWA when it comes to a vote.

February 16, 2012 - 2:05pm

The legislative session is drawing to a close and some important victim safety measures are still outstanding. Please call your state Senator today and ask that he or she support the Interstate Abuse Prevention Act (SB 177/AB 247) from Senator Wanggaard.

February 21, 2012 - 12:29pm

Please call your state legislators today and tell them to oppose SB 466 and AB 561, which would remove housing protections for victims of domestic violence.  This bill would encourage landlords to threaten to penalize or evict tenants for calling the police or other emergency services.  As a result, victims of abuse will not seek help from law enforcement or will be re-victimized if they do.

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