Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García Votes to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

April 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted to pass H.R. 1585 a bipartisan, robust, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.  The 1994 Violence Against Women Act established groundbreaking protections from violence and abuse for all Americans, and helped ensure victims and survivors have the support they need. This critical reauthorization makes vital improvements that will further build upon the life-saving protections for women throughout Illinois and across the country.

“One in three Latinas have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.  Furthermore, Latina immigrant women are less likely to seek help when facing domestic violence, due to language barriers, fear of unemployment or deportation. 

The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will ensure that organizations in my district like Mujeres Latinas en Acción, continue supporting survivors and offering services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

I’m proud to join my colleagues to pass this vital legislation to protect and provide support to all survivors,” said Congressman García.

This reauthorization includes critical improvements to address gaps in current law that have been identified by victims, survivors and advocates.  This legislation:

  • 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;
  • Closes loopholes in current firearm laws in order help prevent “intimate partner” homicides, by prohibiting persons convicted of misdemeanor stalking or dating violence from possessing firearms; and
  • Invests in tools and resources for law enforcement and evidence-based prevention programs that make our communities safer.

“Passing the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that reflects the voices of survivors and is the best way to honor all women in my district and in our country.”