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Casa de Esperanza Among National Leaders Attending President Obama's Signing of VAWA

(Standing directly to President Obama and Rep. Moore's left is Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza's Director of Public Policy.) 

March 7, 2013 marked an important victory for all Americans who seek an end to domestic violence and sexual assault across every corner of our nation. After a hard-fought, and unfortunately long battle, the 113th Congress voted to send the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to the President's desk. Among the honored guests present for the bill's signing was Casa de Esperanza's own Director of Public Policy, Rosie Hidalgo.

Casa de Esperanza has long been at the forefront of the campaign to reauthorize VAWA, seeking to improve and make VAWA more effective for marginalized communities. Working as a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Casa de Esperanza collaborated with other national organizations to call for bipartisan leadership on Capitol Hill, mobilize the community, and inform the media and thought leaders on the critical components of a good VAWA bill.

"This victory in securing a bipartisan and inclusive VAWA reauthorization was a result of a large collaborative effort undertaken with a spirit of solidarity to make sure that VAWA was strengthened to protect all victims. It is the result of advocates, survivors, and allies across the country lifting up their voices to urge Congress to do the right thing," said Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Public Policy at Casa de Esperanza.

The end result is a VAWA that includes the improvement of essential remedies for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the improvement of grant programs targeting enhanced culturally and linguistically specific service for communities of color. In particular, the bill reflects an important commitment to improve protections for Native American victims, immigrants, and LGBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The legislation also includes the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).

The success of this campaign proves that bipartisan support in Congress is possible for issues like violence against women, which should always remain above political divides.

Despite the important action taken by the President, violence against women remains a serious problem in our nation. Casa de Esperanza will continue to passionately support improved prevention and intervention programs for victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families and will continue to advocate for legislation that responds to the needs of victims.

Finally, we also take great pride in sharing with you the recognition bestowed on Casa de Esperanza by the U.S. Department of State when they named Rosie Hidalgo a public representative of the U.S. Delegation attending the 57th Session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. What an incredible experience and honor.