Senate Must Reaffirm Protection for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 

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WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act:

Gender-based violence, which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has had devastating effects on survivors, their families, and their communities. While every survivor needs support, survivors from marginalized or otherwise underserved communities are less likely to be able to access the services they need to heal and rebuild their lives. The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act provides crucial civil and human rights protections and promotes access to services for all survivors. The Senate must now act swiftly and pass this legislation to help protect all people in the United States from gender-based violence.

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