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April 20, 2009

Biden Feminism Watch: VAWA 15th Anniversary

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, and this week Legal Momentum is pairing with The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law to hold a symposium on VAWA. They're giving an award to Vice President Biden for championing and sponsoring VAWA in the Senate in the beginning and through its reauthorizations.



A Symposium Celebrating the
Fifteenth Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
and Honoring its Champion
Vice President Joseph Biden

2009 is the fifteenth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), initiated and championed by then-Senator Joseph Biden. Legal Momentum (then known as NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund) worked closely with Senator Biden, his staff and an array of organizations throughout the four-year struggle to pass VAWA and its subsequent reauthorizations. Although VAWA’s civil rights provision was ultimately struck down as unconstitutional, the many other sections of the bill have provided billions of dollars to the states, tribes and territories to prevent violence against women, serve survivors and improve the justice system’s handling of these cases.

At this symposium Legal Momentum and The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law will bring together a remarkable group of individuals who have been, or continue to be, involved in drafting, passing, litigating and reauthorizing VAWA, to relate the law’s history and impact from their perspectives as key players in this historic legislation.

We will also honor Vice President Biden at the Symposium.

This event is open to the public, free of charge, but registration is required.

[Legal Momentum via the Awearness Blog]

For more info on the early development of the Violence Against Women Act, check out our Biden Feminism Watch post on the origins of VAWA.

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