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  •  I have a question here (2+ / 0-)
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    This diary says:

    the Republican bill excludes or weakens protections for LGBT, immigrant and Native American victims of violence
    Now, is this about violence against LGBT women?  Is it about immigrant women?  is it about Native American women?  

    This is a bill about violence against women specifically, from where I sit.  Maybe I'm not reading this correctly.  

    Help?

    •  I also have a question, actually two questions (1+ / 0-)
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      Senor Unoball

      Does this bill exclude all immigrant women?  Even women with valid visas or green cards?

      Does it exclude all Native American women, even women with no access to tribal courts?

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:10:01 PM PDT

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      •  It's a good question (1+ / 0-)
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        Senor Unoball

        I don't know the answer, and it looks like you don't either because you're askin' the question.

        Hopefully, we'll get our answers.

        •  From Human Rights Campaign's Press release: (4+ / 0-)
          The Senate VAWA, which passed with a strong 68-31 bipartisan vote, reflected the needs expressed by more than 2,000 law enforcement, court, prosecution, legal services, and victim services professionals from across the country and was supported by both victim advocates and senators from both sides of the aisle. It addresses the fundamental problems LGBT domestic abuse victims face: they are often turned away from service providers, laughed at by law enforcement, and struggle to get protective orders from judges.  Unfortunately, this often leaves few options exception to return to their abuser.
          I understand there are reporting problems relative to immigration status that would place hardships on immigrant women and may force them to choose between protecting their bodies from their attackers, and protecting their immigration status.

          "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."—Martin Luther King Jr.

          by Scott Wooledge on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:36:18 PM PDT

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      •  to answer you both... (1+ / 0-)
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        The Senate bill added those classes to the original bill so the GOPers used them as an excuse to oppose the entire bill.

        As for Native American women the bill gives tribal courts jurisdiction over abuse that happens when a non-Indian commits the crime. Previously tribal courts had no jurisdiction over non-Indians who committed abuse on their Indian spouse even on Indian lands.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:33:44 PM PDT

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