Violence Against Women Act: Rep. McMorris-Rodgers, Tulalip Tribe key players in survival of law



DSC09960AFSCME is a long-time supporter of the Violence Against Women Act — to prevent violence against women. But its continued existence has been bogged down in the Congressional logjam. However, the Washington Post reports it has new life in the new Congress:

Meanwhile, since the beginning of the new Congress, the House GOP has begun opening its doors to more VAWA advocates, designating House GOP Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as the point person. Deborah Parker, vice-chair of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington State, was among the tribal leaders to meet with Rodgers and other legislators this week, as the Huffington Post first reported. “She’s ready to get a team together to further explore what type of language would fit, that Republicans would feel comfortable with,” says Parker, who was the victim of domestic sexual assault as a young child.
Parker says she feels hopeful that legislators will ultimately be able to come to a compromise on the tribal provisions of VAWA, given epidemic of domestic violence among Native Americans, who the Justice Department says are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other racial group. Perpetrators “can get away with so much here—have raped and abused and then fallen through the cracks [of the judicial system],” says Parker. “If it’s on tribal land, our sheriff’s department says ‘Sorry we don’t have jurisdiction.’”

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