Friday, May 25th, 2018

Assault on Battered Immigrants: HR 4970 Undoes VAWA Protections and Risks Lives

" 'This will get people killed,' my colleague and I agreed while we
reviewed the “Immigration Provisions” of HR 4970, the bill introduced in
the House in April, ostensibly to “reauthorize” the Violence Against
Women Act (VAWA) originally promulgated in 1994 and reauthorized and
strengthened since its original passing.  The Immigration Provisions
found in Title VIII of HR 4970, however, will effectively dismantle VAWA
as we know it in the immigration context, place people in danger, set
up a system that will likely violate the United States’ treaty
obligations, and reverse decades of progress in the nation’s
understanding of domestic violence and the pernicious ways in which an
abuser can exercise power and control in domestic relationships.  …This bill effectively represents throwing decades of research and
aggregated knowledge about domestic violence out the window and
constitutes an abuser’s