POLITICAL AWARENESS & INVOLVEMENT
The Social Action Committee of the SHFBA Chapter is charged with educating the Chapter and the general public on current issues that affect our community.
Some of their activities include:
• Red Army Day Voter Mobilization
• Promotion of Voter ID Laws
• Domestic Violence Awareness
• Voter Registration Drives
• Environmental Awareness
Violence Against Women Act
Under the leadership of then Senator Joe Biden, Congress recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for a national strategy with the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994. This landmark federal legislation’s comprehensive approach to violene against women combind tough new provisions to hold offenders accountable with programs to provide services for the victims of such violence.
The Texas House of Represenatives passed a version of the Violence Against Women Act that will roll back critical provisions to help victims of abuse. SHFBAC is urging Congress to come together to pass a bipartisan measure that protects all victims.
UPDATE: VAWA is Reauthorized!
President Barack Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act on March 7th. The new version expands protections to include Native American, LGBT and immigrant victims of abuse. VAWA will be reauthorized for another five years, with funding being provided for various programs targeting domestic violence. The Houston Area Women’s Center applauds those who stood in support of survivors of violence. VAWA renews our commitment as a nation to protect survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Thank you to everyone who supported VAWA!
Domestic Violence Awareness Week
SHFBAC collaborated with The Consulate General of Mexico at the opening ceremony of Domestic Violence Awareness Week that was held on October 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the office of the Consulate General of Mexico, located at 4507 San Jacinto St, Houston, Texas 77004. The event was an initiative coordinated by the Consulate General of Mexico and SHFBAC with the participation of other Latin American Consulates and key government agencies. All participants were seeking to educate our community at large in regards to their rights as it relates to domestic violence. The Violence Against Women Act was enacted in 1994 under the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden. This Act was put into action to create tough new provisions that would stringently hold offenders accountable for their actions. The Act also promotes programs to provide services to victims. SHFBAC joined forces with Dr. Luis Malpica Y De Lamadrid (the Consulate General of Mexico), the Department of Family and Protective Services, The Bridge, Catholic Charities of the Archdioscese of Galveston-Houston, the Houston Area Womens Center, YMCA – International Services and the Latin American Consulates to raise awareness of domestic violence and child abuse.
SHFBAC member Tanja Simmons had an opportunity to share her story of being a victim of domestic violence and to present her new book No More Secrets: Breaking the Code of Silence.
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