Achieving LGBT Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Summary & History

Additional Civil Rights

Legislation/Policy: Addressing Violence Against LGBT People

STATUS: Ongoing, Federal

NCLR is committed to addressing and decreasing violence against LGBT people, particularly violence that disproportionately impacts women and transgender people in the LGBT community.

We have worked closely with several agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the White House Office for Violence Against Women on efforts to target and address this violence. We worked closely with DOJ on the implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, including providing resources so that law enforcement officials are trained in how best to work with LGBT victims of violence and witnesses. Because of our involvement in this work, NCLR was an invited to speaker at the 2012 White House Conference on Safe Schools and Communities in Texas. We were also very involved in the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which marks the first time the legislation explicitly included LGBT victims of violence and prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in provision of services and programs authorized by VAWA.

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