Senator Lisa Murkowski joins House Tribal Affairs Committee to discuss VAWA 

JUNEAU – Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski joined the House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs to discuss the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the inclusion of the Alaska Tribal Public Safety Empowerment Act, and the impacts that its passage will have on public safety efforts in Alaska. 

 

The Violence Against Women Act was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 and reauthorizes VAWA through 2027. The VAWA reauthorization will increase resources for law enforcement and enhance support services like healthcare and safe housing for victims.

 

“Every Alaskan has a right to feel safe, regardless of where they live, and it takes cooperation at all levels of government to achieve this goal,” said Representative Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel). “As the Chair of the Tribal Affairs committee, as a rural Alaskan, and certainly as an Alaska Native woman, I am incredibly grateful to Senator Murkowski for her leadership on this issue, and for the advocacy efforts of so many who have helped to push the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization over the finish line. The reauthorization of VAWA is a victory for women everywhere, but especially for those in districts like mine where law enforcement presence is often sparse or non-existent.”

 

Senator Murkowski’s participation in the House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs can be seen here. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 was signed into law at the White House earlier this week

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