Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) today released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee voted to pass a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act which would eliminate critical protections for women. Congresswoman Sánchez, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, voted against the Republican bill.
"Having seen the human face of domestic violence at women's shelters in my district, I know that our nation's women deserve a law with strong protections for victims of domestic violence. These protections are for all women, regardless of immigration status, heritage, or sexual orientation.
"We should be doing all that we can to prevent victims from further danger, not creating more hurdles for them and making it easier for their abusers to escape prosecution. I urge my Republican colleagues to accept the sensible, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act passed by the Senate."