US House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative [Find your representative at www.house.gov]:
I wish to express my disappointment with the recently passed House version of the Violence Against Women Act. I am particularly disappointed that protections for undocumented women, including victims of human trafficking, were removed. All women, regardless of their citizenship status, should not have to live in fear of harm from their partner or anyone else. Women should not have to choose between being hit, raped, or otherwise mistreated; or between being deported to their home country where they may also face violence, such as in Juarez, Mexico or Guatemala where many women have been murdered over the last decade.
As a person of faith I believe in the human dignity of each person. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops states explicitly that “Violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form—physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal—is sinful.” I ask you to act faithfully and with strong moral conscience to pass a strong VAWA bill either through the conference committee or through the introduction of a Senate companion bill that protects all vulnerable populations including undocumented women and victims of human trafficking.