Delegate Amber Crotty advocates for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018

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WASHINGTON—Speaking before a bipartisan working group to end domestic violence on Sept. 26, Navajo Council Delegate Amber Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í) called on lawmakers to support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2018. The reauthorization bill provides inclusion of necessary expansions to Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (sexual assault, sex trafficking, stalking, co-occurring child abuse; and co-attendant crimes). The bill creates a permanent authorization for DOJ’s Tribal Access to National Crime Information Program; provisions to address missing and murdered Native women; federal provisions creating penalties for violations of tribal exclusion orders for violent crime and drug dealing; address barriers to the safety of Alaskan Native women; and reauthorize VAWA’s tribal grant programs.

In 2013, President Obama signed the reauthorization bill into law.