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Senate Passes Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

February 12, 2013

Bill Includes Important Protections for Immigrant Women

Washington, D.C — Today the Senate overwhelmingly passed S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill expands protections for immigrant women by broadening the qualifications for a U Visa, a visa for immigrant survivors of crimes who assist law enforcement. However, unlike a similar reauthorization bill in 2012, the 2013 version does not increase the number of U Visas available each year. In 2012, that increase stalled the bill in the House of Representatives. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“We are glad to see the Senate once again stand up for the rights and safety of all women, including immigrant women. Our nation’s values call on us to protect every survivor, no matter where she was born, and so should its laws. Not just women but all of us will benefit from the safer communities that will result when this bill becomes law. The Senate has addressed last year’s sticking point in the House, and we expect to see the House pass the bill in short order.”

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