Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) became a co-sponsor of legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which is the first bill he has signed on to as a member of Congress.
"The Violence Against Women Act critically strengthens the ability of law enforcement and service providers to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking," said Horsford. "Since 1994, this legislation has provided life-saving help to millions of women across the country, and Congress should work to reauthorize it immediately."
Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will strengthen and streamline crucial existing programs and renew successful provisions like STOP Grants, Transitional Housing Assistance Grants, and legal assistance for victims. The 2013 reauthorization also incorporates new approaches to more effectively combat abuse by improving protections for immigrant survivors, addressing the crisis of violence against women in tribal communities, and securing civil rights protections to ensure no victim can be denied services based on race, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
"It doesn't matter who you are, who you love, or where you came from: we should give victims of domestic violence the tools they need to live free from harm," Horsford continued. "This is an issue that should be above the partisan obstructionism of House Republicans, and we must act now to help some of the most vulnerable members of our society."