Domestic Violence Awareness Event Details

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You're invited to join CHCI and its valued partner, Verizon Foundation, on February 17 for two special events focused on combatting domestic violence in America.  Register Now to Attend.

Domestic Violence and the Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Location: Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Meeting Room North
Opening Remarks: Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Moderator: Melanie Ortel,  Associate Director for Verizon Wireless Public Relations


  • Jaime Farrant, Executive Director of Ayuda, Inc.
  • Paulette Moore, Vice President of Public Policy, National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Ronald LeGrand, Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee
  • Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza

In the morning, a panel discussion will be held focusing on key national policy issues concerning victims of domestic violence.  Domestic violence affects women, children, and men in every community—large, small, urban, rural—yet it continues to be the most underreported crime in America. In light of the proposed reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act), CHCI, in partnership with the Verizon Foundation, will engage expert panelists in this critical discussion.

Screening of "Telling Amy's Story" and Post-film Discussion

Time: 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rayburn House Office Building 2168 (Gold Room)

In the afternoon, a special screening of the powerful PBS documentary, "Telling Amy’s Story," will be shown.  This film chronicles the events leading up to the domestic violence homicide of Amy Homan McGee, who died on November 8, 2001, at the hands of her husband, Vincent.  While the end of Amy’s story can never be changed, "Telling Amy’s Story" seeks to change the outcome for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. A post-film discussion will be held.


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