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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. HANABUSA. I thank the ranking member of our Judiciary Committee.

I rise in support of the Senate bill, S. 47, which reauthorizes VAWA. It passed by a strong bipartisan vote of 78-22 on February 12.

It is also an honor to be next to the gentlewoman from Wisconsin, who has really championed this bill.

I rise specifically to address section 904, which provides tribal governments with jurisdiction over the abuse of Native American women on tribal lands. The statistics, which were set forth by Senator Udall in a recent article, were very alarming. Native American women are two-and-a-half times more likely to be raped, one in three will be assaulted, and three out of five will encounter domestic violence.

And the criticism, the criticism we've heard against why the Senate version of this bill should not pass is because they say it doesn't afford due process. All we need to do is to look at the defendant's rights as set forth in the tribal court criminal proceedings under ICRA, the Indian Civil Rights Act, and TLOA, the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.

The rights are there. Support the Senate version.


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