Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Amendment to Protect Incarcerated Women Unanimously Passes House of Representatives
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives unanimously passed her amendment to H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.
Congresswoman Escobar’s amendment orders a report on the status of women in federal incarceration and collaboration on reentry planning and services, including the development of a national standard on prevention with respect to domestic and sexual violence.
“As Congress strengthens protections and access to safety and justice for all survivors, we must ensure that our work reaches women in every corner of society, including incarcerated women,” said Congresswoman Escobar.
“Women in prison face unique challenges, that is why is important to compile more-comprehensive data that can help us better understand their needs and help us deliver the services they and their families need to prevent domestic and sexual violence as they reenter society. I’m proud that Congress took a significant step forward to protect incarcerated women by including my amendment in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.”
View Congresswoman Escobar’s remarks in support of the amendment here.