Action Alert: Day of policy action for the Violence Against Women Act with lead Senators and Angelina Jolie

Join Esperanza United, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Angelina Jolie, and Senate sponsors of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization on January 19 for a policy day of action to ask Senators to co-sponsor and pass the bipartisan consensus bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

On December 16, 2021, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced they had reached a deal on a framework to reauthorize VAWA with key improvements and protections to better meet the needs of abuse survivors. They plan to introduce the bill this month. While they are finalizing the bill, they need our help to build support among Senators so they can introduce the bill with as many bipartisan sponsors as possible.

VAWA is a central way the Federal government responds to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. First signed into law in 1994, VAWA creates grant programs to provide services and housing to survivors and training to improve the legal response to gender-based violence. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 is based on extensive work with survivors, direct service providers, and other stakeholders, and is the first reauthorization since the pandemic, which has exacerbated domestic violence and sexual assault.

VIRTUAL RALLY: Join us, with VAWA lead Senators and international human rights and children’s rights advocate Angelina Jolie at 12:15 ET/9:15 PT 

TWITTER STORM: Then, join us at 1:00 ET/10:00 PT for a Twitter storm!

CALL YOUR SENATORS: Before, during, or after the rally, call your senators (202-224-3121) or email them through their websites.

This toolkit includes a call script, an email template, sample social media posts, and graphics. It even includes template op-eds and letters to the editor.

For any questions, please contact Esperanza United’s Public Policy manager, Yasmin Campos Mendez (