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Statement by Ms. Foundation President and CEO Anika Rahman on Congress’ Failure to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act:

Jan. 3, 2013
New York

“The 112th Congress has disgraced itself by allowing VAWA to expire, thus removing protections for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

“The previous version of VAWA was unacceptable in its exclusion of critical protections for immigrant, Native American and LGBTQ victims of violence. Congress’ failure to reauthorize VAWA, including protections for all women, reveals leaders’ distorted priorities in putting politics above the safety of U.S. women.”


The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to eliminate barriers for every woman in the U.S. For40 years, we have worked tirelessly to secure women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. At our core, we are advocates giving a voice to women to elevate their most pressing issues. We’re continually investing funds, time, expertise and training in more than 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide to secure a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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