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Legislative Alerts

May 2, 2012 - 11:11am

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 - 3:59pm


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 - 4:06pm

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 - 1:01pm

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 - 3:05pm

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 - 1:29pm

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.

Talking points:

March 13, 2012 - 9:34am

Three important bills are up for votes in State Senate today. Two are positive improvements for victims.  The other significantly diminishes the rights of tenants. Please contact your state Senator now and ask that he or she:

February 10, 2012 - 7:06pm

Please call Senator Johnson and ask him to co-sponsor this important and historic re-authorization. 

As you might know, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization passed out the Senate Committee last week; however, eight senators voted against the current version of the bill. We need to make sure enough Senators support VAWA so that it can quickly come to a vote.  You can help by calling Senator Johnson (202-224-5323) and asking him to support and co-sponsor the re-authorization of the VAWA. 

Here are some talking points:

December 8, 2011 - 4:42pm

Sexual Assault Service Providers (SASPs) were recently informed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that their SAVS grants will be reduced by 42.5% in 2012.  

These cuts stem from three developments.  First, the SAVS program was cut 10% in the 2011-13 state budget.  Second, as a result of department lapses contained in the state budget, SASPs were informed last month by DOJ that an additional cut of 5.2% would be made to the SAVS program.  Finally, revenue from the Crime Victim and Witness surcharge that funds SAVAS has been declining in recent years.

November 29, 2011 - 5:45pm

Please call Senator Johnson and ask him to co-sponsor this important and historic re-authorization. 

October 26, 2011 - 7:52pm

Make Your Voices Heard (And Faces Seen)

Public Hearing 

November 15, 2011 - 5:50pm

Tell Congress to Preserve States' Right to Control Who Can Carry Loaded, Hidden Guns in Public. 

October 19, 2011 - 3:55pm

Senate Bill 237 was introduced this week.  The bill repeals the Healthy Youth Act, which passed last session and set minimum standards for human growth and development curriculum in Wisconsin.  Senate Bill 237 will eliminate the requirement that human growth and development programs include age-appropriate information about:

August 25, 2011 - 3:49pm

Legislators are now considering whether to support a bill that would give Wisconsin courts the ability to hear restraining order petitions for cases in which the abuser is not in Wisconsin.  Please call your legislators and ask them to support this critically important bill. 

June 29, 2011 - 12:37pm

In just two minutes, you can help guarantee victims’ right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their privacy.   

Criminal defendants are afforded a variety of rights and protections in the criminal justice system.  Not until relatively recently have our laws recognized basic rights for crime victims.