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For Immediate Release: February 28th, 2013
Contact: Spanish-language press: Juan Gallegos, 402-460-8811; juan(at)coloradoimmigrant.org
English-language press: Julien Ross, 720-290-1125; julien(at)coloradoimmigrant.org

House Renews Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

House Must Continue Down Path of Bipartisanship on Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON-The House today renewed the Senate's version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that includes protections for immigrants, Native Americans and LGBTQ individuals, with 87 Republicans joining 199 Democrats voting for the bill. Six out of the seven Colorado Congressional delegation, including Republican Congressmen Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner and Scott Tipton, voted in favor of renewing VAWA. Congressman Doug Lamborn was the only representative from Colorado to vote against renewal.

"By renewing the Violence Against Women Act, Congress is upholding a core American value that the safety and well-being of all women in the United States regardless of race, sexual orientation or citizenship status must be protected," said Julien Ross, Executive Director of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. "This bipartisan vote shows that Congress can put the wellbeing of their constituents and country ahead of politics."

"I am hopeful that this spirit of bipartisanship will continue as Congress crafts a common sense immigration reform bill with a fair path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans," Ross added.

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The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state. CIRC achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education, and advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.