Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference and the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law, is quoted in The Rainbow Times on a new House of Representatives version of the Violence Against Women Act that leaves LGBT, immigrant and Native women and men without vital services or protections.
"Despite the well-documented unacceptably high rates of domestic violence on tribal lands, H.R. 4970 eliminates provisions that would make it easier for Native women to obtain orders of protection from their abusers,” stated Wade Henderson, President & CEO and Nancy Zirkin, Executive Vice-President, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in a letter to the House of Representatives.
In terms of LGBTQ survivors of violent crimes, the letter further explains that "H.R. 4970 drops all the provisions that would ensure access to services for LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.” In addition, H.R. 4970 hurts immigrants without any resources available to them when they are involved in cases regarding police and/or company misconduct and abuse.