[pdf] United States v. Dixon U.S. Supreme Court (December 2 1992-June 28 1993) (+)

United States V. Michael Foster (United States v. Dixon, 598 A.2d 724, 725 (D.C. 1991), cert. denied, 112 S. Ct. 1759 (1992), aff’d in part and rev’d in part, 113 S. Ct. 2849 (1993) Filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States as the organization that serves as counsel for the domestic violence victim in the underlying protection order contempt proceeding that resulted in an over 600 day sentence for multiple counts of contempt of a civil protection order. The Brief argued that victims could constitutionally enforce their protection orders without undermining the ability of the state (in this case the United States) to bring criminal charges against the domestic violence perpetrator that included numerous assaults and assault with a deadly weapon. The Supreme Court upheld the right of a victim to enforce her protection order without barring criminal prosecution by double jeopardy as long as the contempt proceeding and the criminal prosecution each require proof of additional elements under the Blockburger “same elements” test.

[pdf] Violence Against Women Act 1994 -House Legislative History (November 20, 1993) (+)

This is the House Committee on the Judiciary legislative history of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. It includes the legislative history of VAWA self-petitioning and VAWA suspension of deportation and the any credible evidence standard for adjudicating VAWA immigration cases including the Battered Spouse Waiver.

[pdf] Violence Against women Act of 2000 (+)

HR 1248 would reauthorize and make key improvements in programs created by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Those programs include: law enforcement and prosecution grants to combat violence against women, national domestic violence hotline, battered women’s shelter and services, grants for community initiatives, education and training for judges and court personnel, grants to encourage arrest policies, rural domestic violence and child abuse enforcement, national stalker and domestic violence reduction, federal victims’ counselors, education and prevention grants to reduce sexual abuse of runaway, homeless, and street youth, victims of child abuse, and rape prevention education. It would also create new programs, including civil legal assistance for victims, safe havens for children pilot program, protections against violence and abuse for women with disabilities, standards, practice and training for sexual assault examinations, and a requirement that a domestic violence task force report back to Congress on any overlapping or duplication of Federal agency efforts addressing domestic violence.

[pdf] Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations for 1996 (+)

Witness hearings on the fiscal year 1996 budget request. A series of hearings on the fiscal year 1996 budget request with representatives of the Administration coming before the Subcommittee to defend their budgets has already occurred. Now, it is interest groups and individuals’ opportunity.

[pdf] Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 Part II (+)

Report, with Minority Views, to accompany H.R. 3244. The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 3244) to combat trafficking of persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and slavery-like conditions, in the United States and countries around the world through prevention, through prosecution and enforcement against traffickers, and through protection and assistance to victims of trafficking, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon with an amendment and recommends that the bill as amended do pass.

[pdf] Turning the Act Into Action: The Violence Against Women Law (+)

In the making for over four years, The Violence Against Women Act is finally law. Now it is time to turn the Act into action. Beginning in 1990, through a series of hearings and reports, the Senate Judiciary Committee studied the kinds of crimes- namely rape and family violence- that disproportionately burden women. What we learned is that our society and our criminal justice system routinely ignore and dismiss this violence, with tragic consequences for women, for their children, and ultimately for all of us.

[pdf] Domestic Violence: Not Just a Family Matter (+)

This hearing is about 4 million women a year whose names and faces are not gracing magazine covers and are not on the evening news. This hearing has three purposes: let you know that this could happen to someone you know, learn about mandatory arrest, and we are dedicated towards stopping domestic violence.

[pdf] VAWA 1994-The Response to Rape: Detours on the Road to Equal Justice (+)

This report culminates a three year investigation by the Judiciary Committee’s majority staff concerning the causes and effects of violence against women. Women in America suffer all the crimes that plague the nation. But there are some crimes that disproportionately burden women. Through a series of hearings and reports, the committee has studied this violence in an effort to determine what steps we can take to make women more safe.

[pdf] Violence Against Women: A Week in the Life of America (+)

A report that graphically portrays the human tragedy of a single “Week in the Life of America’s Women.” We have found that in 1991, at least 21,000 domestic crimes against women were reported to the police every week, almost one-fifth of all aggravated assaults reported to the police are aggravated assaults in the home, and these figures reveal a total of at least 1.1 million assaults, aggravated assaults, murders, and rapes against women committed in the home and reported to the police (unreported crimes may be more than three times this total).