First Lady Phefelia Nez, President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and
Second Lady Dottie Lizer.
Published April 6, 2019
WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer thank the House of Representatives for passing HR 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 on Thursday. The Violence Against Women Act expired in February.
The bill, which passed by a voice vote of 263-158, includes tribal justice jurisdiction provisions, protections for survivors of domestic violence, sharing of criminal database information and extends protections to Native American children and tribal officers. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
“Diné women and children are sacred. We thank the House of Representatives for taking a stand to protect all women and children from domestic violence, as well as our tribal officers who respond to domestic violence calls. Domestic violence is one of the highest categories for reported calls on the Navajo Nation, and this legislation would help close the gap,” President Nez said. “I urge the Senate to move forward on a bipartisan basis and pass this important bill.”
Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer also welcomed the passage of this measure.
“We need to do all we can to protect the victims of domestic violence. I thank those who advocated vigorously on this critical piece of legislation,” First Lady Nez said.
“This is a bold step in the right direction in continuing to combat violence against women and children,” Second Lady Lizer added.
Priorities for the first and second lady include combating domestic violence, addressing missing and murdered Indigenous women, and advocating of the reauthorization of VAWA.
“We urge Senate lawmakers to take up this important legislation for reauthorization. Protections for our women and children cannot wait,” Vice President Lizer said.