Senator Kyl and the Violence Against Women Act

 

Last month, the United States Senate moved to close a jurisdictional loophole that for decades has allowed non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence in Indian country to evade prosecution. Senate Bill 1925, the carefully crafted reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act or VAWA, would allow Indian tribes to prosecute non-Indians for dating violence and domestic violence against Indians within the tribe’s territorial jurisdiction, while also protecting the rights of criminal defendants who might be unfamiliar with tribal justice systems.

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