UNITED SIKHS signs onto VAWA Immigration Letter to Senate

On June 1, 2012, United Sikhs joined with over 100 other organizations signing onto a letter to the United States Senate requesting Senate Bill 1925 ensure the protection and safety of victims of violence by adhering closely to their previous bipartisan Senate bill. In addition, it asks that Sections 801, 802, 806, and 814 of H.R. 4970 and Section 1008 of S. 1925 be removed.
UNITED SIKHS has previously voiced its opinion against H.R. 4970, a VAWA bill that unfortunately passed which reverses protections for immigrant victims.
Please see the below for the letter to the Senate including the signature by UNITED SIKHS and other organizations:

June 1, 2012
Dear Senator:

As a diverse coalition of immigration, faith, labor, civil rights, human rights, and
community organizations serving and advocating on behalf of immigrant victims of
domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and other forms of violence,
we thank you for your continuing efforts to ensure final passage of a bipartisan
reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that furthers the longstanding
aims of VAWA to protect victims of violence.
VAWA has a long history of uniting lawmakers with the common purpose of protecting
survivors of domestic violence. First enacted in 1994, Congress has reauthorized the law
in 2000 and 2005, each time with broad, bipartisan support. Over the years, Congress has
consistently recognized the vulnerability of noncitizen victims of violence and has
therefore enacted provisions in VAWA that enhance safety for victims and their children
and provide important tools for law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes.
Two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4970, a VAWA
reauthorization bill, by a narrow margin of 222-205. Unfortunately, H.R. 4970 would
undermine years of bipartisan progress of advancing protections for immigrant victims.
Some of H.R. 4970’s provisions would actually make immigrants more vulnerable and
could endanger their lives.
With your support, in April the Senate passed its own VAWA reauthorization bill, S.
1925, by a vote of 68-31. Though S. 1925 is not perfect, the purpose of VAWA to ensure
the protection and safety of victims of violence would be far better served if a final bill
adheres more closely to the bipartisan Senate bill. To accomplish this goal, we also ask
that Sections 801, 802, 806, and 814 of H.R. 4970 and Section 1008 of S. 1925 be
removed during conference.
Each year VAWA laws and programs support thousands of women, children, and others
who fall victim to domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, dating violence
and stalking. As the legislative process moves forward to reconcile the two different
VAWA proposals, we urge you to oppose provisions that would eliminate or roll back
protections for vulnerable immigrant victims.
Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma
African Services Committee
American Civil Liberties Union
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Jewish Committee
Americans for Immigrant Justice
Amnesty International USA
Arkansas Interfaith Alliance
ASHA for Women
Asian American Institute, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
Asian American Justice Center, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing
Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Boston New Sanctuary Movement
Boston University Civil Litigation Program
Cardozo Human Rights and Genocide Clinic
Casa de Esperanza: National Latino@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
Casa Esperanza
Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Hastings College of the Law
Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc.
Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Refugee and Immigration Ministries, Disciples Home Mission, Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Church World Service, Immigration and Refugee Program
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice Santa Barbara
Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Disciples Justice Action Network
DREAM Activist Virginia
Families for Freedom
Farmworker Justice
Florida Coastal Immigrant Rights Clinic
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Futures Without Violence
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Hutto Visitation Program
Human Rights Defense Center
Human Rights Watch
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Immigration Center for Women and Children
Immigration Equality Action Fund
Indo-American Center
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community
Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Women International
Legal Momentum
Legal Services of New Jersey
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Mai Family Services
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office
Mercy Investment Services
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
National Asian Pacific Bar Association
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Coalition for LGBT Health
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza
National Employment Law Project
National Immigrant Justice Center
National Immigration Forum
National Immigration Law Center
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Organization for Women
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
One Love Movement
Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
Rural Organizing Project
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.
Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team
Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Justice Team
South Asian Americans Leading Together
South Asian Network
Tahirih Justice Center
Texans United for Families
The Episcopal Church
The Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance
The National Council of the Churches of Christ of the USA
The Reformed Church of Highland Park
The Washington Defender Association’s Immigration Project
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Women of Color Network
UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic
Union for Reform Judaism
United Church of Christ (Justice & Witness Ministries)
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
United Sikhs
United We Dream
Who Is My Neighbor? Inc.
Women for Reformed Judaism
Women Watch Afrika
Women’s Refugee Commission

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