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February 8, 2013

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) supports the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by Congress. VAWA is a federal law aimed at ending violence against women and remedying the laws and social practices that have fostered the history of violence against women. VAWA was first passed in 1994, as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, and it was reauthorized in 2000 and 2005. The current authorization expired in 2011.

“The HNBA fully supports the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013,” said HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. “We request that Congress take quick action to ensure passage of this vitally important legislation. Among its benefits, the VAWA has been instrumental in lowering the annual rate of domestic violence by at least 50 percent.”

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding four decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.