Rep. Nita Lowey will hold a press conference at Pace Law School at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 2, 2012 to call for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Rep. Lowey will be joined by Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore as well as Jane Aoyama-Martin, the executive director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is currently blocked in Congress. First enacted in 1994, VAWA provides funding to states and local communities to help provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence. These include specialized law enforcement units, victim services for women and children, training to help improve the prosecution of offenders, and prevention programs including those on college campuses.
The Pace Women’s Justice Center, founded in 1991 and serving approximately 2,800 victims and survivors each year, has received VAWA support since 1998. VAWA grants, a major source of the Center’s funding, have been essential to the Center’s ability to continue its work.
“Without VAWA funds, we would not be able to provide critical and often life-saving services for domestic violence victims and survivors,” said Ms. Aoyama-Martin. “Without VAWA funds, many of our clients and their children would not receive services necessary to move forward with their lives, safe and free from violence.”
The press conference will be held in the Tudor Room, Preston Hall. Pace Law School is located at 78 North Broadway in White Plains.
Pace Law School has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. On its White Plains, NY, campus, it offers JD programs and the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, including the nation’s first graduate level programs in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development, and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in Environmental Law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. www.law.pace.edu
Contact: JOAN GAYLORD, Mgr., Media Relations