Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first of several congressional hearings on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The "Continued Importance of the Violence Against Women Act" will be held at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, June 10th in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The public is welcome to join and the hearing will be made available via a live webcast.
Actress Gabrielle Union is scheduled to testify at the hearing. Union herself is a sexual assault survivor and an advocate for victims. Union has been in numerous television shows, including Ugly Betty, and films, such as Deliver Us From Eva; she's worked alongside actors LL Cool J, Will Smith and Jamie Foxx.
Catherine Pierce, the Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women; Karen Tronsgard-Scott, the Director of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; and Ann Burke, the President and Founder of the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund will also testify at Wednesday's hearing.
VAWA was first enacted in 1994 and provides resources and assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking.
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