APA Efforts to Support Key Legislation to Reduce International Violence Against Women

Signals organizational support and mobilizes grassroots

Spurred by international concern over the recent abduction of nearly 300 school girls in Nigeria, APA mobilized its Federal Action Network to support the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA, H.R. 3571/S. 2307) and submitted letters of support for the bills to all members of Congress. IVAWA requires the U.S. government to implement a long-term global strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. This legislation would also streamline U.S. global gender-based violence prevention efforts, and support evidence-based training, psychosocial assistance, and trauma-informed services for international domestic and sexual violence survivors.

This effort coincides with additional APA actions on the Boko Haram kidnappings and builds on the association’s strong commitment to human rights, the protection of youth, and working to prevent and intervene in interpersonal violence. Please consider signing up for APA’s Federal Action Network to get involved.