Yesterday, Wednesday August 8th, our President & CEO Margaret Mitchell and YWCA staff met with staff from Representative Marcia Fudge, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Senator Rob Portman’s offices as part of In-District Advocacy Day. YWCA’s across the country met with their elected leaders and staff to advocate for change and share our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We want to thank the staff of Representative Fudge, Senator Brown and Senator Portman for their time and look forward to our continued partnership serving the residents of Northeast Ohio.
YWCA’s comprehensive policy priorities to support women and girls include:
- An end to the zero tolerance and family separation policies at the U.S. border, immediate reunification of families, and an end to the detention of immigrant women, children, and families seeking refuge, asylum, and safety in the U.S.
- Passage of The Dream Act (S.1615, H.R. 3440) as a permanent solution for DREAMers
- Passage of the End Racial (and Religious) Profiling Act (S.411, H.R.947)
- A fair and accurate 2020 census, including elimination of the proposed citizenship question and full funding and support for an accurate census count
EMPOWERMENT AND ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN AND GIRLS
- Passage of legislation to support working families, including: the Child Care for Working Families Act (H.R.3773), the FAMILY Act (S.337), the Healthy Families Act (S.336, H.R.1516), and the Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act (S.2043/H.R.4198)
- Full FY2019 funding of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), early learning and youth empowerment programs, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other important housing programs
HEALTH AND SAFETY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS
- Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA) (S.2784, H.R.6014)
- Passage of legislation to meet the physical and mental health needs of women and girls, including the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act of 2017 (S.774, H.R.1757), the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R. 1318), and the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017 (S.1112)
- Full FY2019 funding of VAWA, FVPSA, and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)