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What Congress' failure to renew VAWA means for U-Visa

Published: Jan 8, 2013 2:00 pm By: Gregory Pratt

"Mony Ruiz-Velasco, legal director of the National Immigrant Justice Center, explained to us through a spokesperson that the bill’s provisions “will continue to be available as they have been.”

Ruiz-Velasco said that as long as Congress continue to appropriate money to VAWA programs, its protections for women — like the U-Visa — will remain intact. There has been no indication that the funding will be cut.

But Congress’ failure to reauthorize VAWA sets a “negative tone” for the future of the legislation, she added, noting it is “disappointing that for the first time in nearly 20 years, Congress was unable to come to an agreement about legislation intended to protect victims of violence.”"

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