Harlem Rep. Espaillat Co-Sposnors Viloence Against Women Act Reauthroization

March 8, 2019

Rep. Adriano Espaillat joined fellow Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 1585, a bipartisan, robust, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse and working to ensure all victims and survivors have access to essential services and to justice. This critical reauthorization will safeguard and further build upon these life-saving protections for women throughout New York and across the country.

“There should be nothing partisan or political about ending the scourge of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat. “It is an outrage that 1 in 3 women are still experiencing domestic violence. With this bipartisan, commonsense reauthorization, Congress is upholding our sacred obligation to protect the millions of victims and survivors who need and deserve our fullest support.”

This reauthorization fulfills Congress’s responsibility to protect all Americans by reaffirming protections for every woman, as well as including vital improvements to address gaps in current law that have been identified by victims, survivors and advocates. This bipartisan bill:

  • Improves the services available for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking;
  • Expands the housing protections and financial assistance available for victims and survivors;
  • Improves protections for Native women, including by reaffirming tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
  • Expands firearms laws to prohibit persons convicted of dating violence, misdemeanor stalking, or subject to protective orders from possessing firearms; and,
  • Invests in tools and resources for law enforcement and evidence-based prevention programs that make our communities safer.

“Congress is working to ensure all women in New York and throughout the country are safe from violence whether at home, work, school or anywhere in our society,” continued Rep. Espaillat. “It is a privilege to join my colleagues to co-sponsor the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization to ensure that victims and survivors have the resources necessary to pursue justice and rebuild their lives.”

First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee. He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.


El congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) se unió a los miembros del Congreso para copatrocinar la H.R. 1585, una reautorización bipartidista, robusta y a largo plazo de la Ley sobre Violencia contra la Mujer (Violence Against Women Act). La histórica Ley sobre Violencia contra la Mujer de 1994 marcó el comienzo de un progreso transformador al exigir la protección de todos los estadounidenses contra la violencia y el abuso y trabajar para garantizar que todas las víctimas y sobrevivientes tengan acceso a servicios esenciales y a la justicia. Esta reautorización crucial salvaguardará y se basará en estas protecciones para salvar vidas de mujeres en todo Nueva York y en todo el país.

“No debería haber nada partidista o político sobre acabar con el flagelo de la violencia doméstica y la agresión sexual”, dijo el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Es indignante que 1 de cada 3 mujeres sigan sufriendo violencia doméstica. Con esta reautorización bipartidista y de sentido común, el Congreso está cumpliendo con nuestra obligación sagrada de proteger a los millones de víctimas y sobrevivientes que necesitan y merecen nuestro total apoyo”.

Esta reautorización cumple con la responsabilidad del Congreso de proteger a todos los estadounidenses al reafirmar las protecciones para todas las mujeres, así como incluir mejoras vitales para abordar las brechas en la ley actual que han sido identificadas por las víctimas, sobrevivientes y defensores. Este proyecto de ley bipartidista:

  • Mejora los servicios disponibles para las víctimas y sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica, violencia en el noviazgo, abuso sexual y acoso;
  • Expande las protecciones de vivienda y la asistencia financiera disponible para víctimas y sobrevivientes;
  • Mejora las protecciones para las mujeres indígenas, incluso reafirmando la jurisdicción penal tribal sobre los perpetradores de violencia doméstica no indígenas, la violencia en el noviazgo, el asalto sexual y el acoso;
  • Expande las leyes de armas de fuego para prohibir que las personas condenadas por violencia en el noviazgo, acoso menor o sujetos a órdenes de protección posean armas de fuego; y,

Invierte en herramientas y recursos para la aplicación de la ley y programas de prevención basados en la evidencia, que hacen que nuestras comunidades sean más seguras.

“El Congreso está trabajando para garantizar que todas las mujeres en Nueva York y en todo el país estén a salvo de la violencia, ya sea en el hogar, el trabajo, la escuela o en cualquier lugar de nuestra sociedad”, continuó el congresista Espaillat. “Es un privilegio unirme a mis colegas para copatrocinar la reautorización de la Ley sobre Violencia contra la Mujer a fin de asegurar que las víctimas y sobrevivientes tengan los recursos necesarios para buscar justicia y reconstruir sus vidas”.

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