As advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, we applaud the Department of Justice for issuing strong implementing guidelines for the historic non-discrimination provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), ensuring that LGBT survivors of violence receive equal services and treatment free from unlawful discrimination. The recently released Frequently Asked Questions about the new provisions are precedent-setting and will be a guide for other federal agencies on how to implement LGBT non-discrimination provisions. These provisions mark the first ever explicit protections from discrimination for LGBT people under federal law.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned about the homicide of Jamie Johnson, age 36, in Pickens County, Alabama. According to local media reports, 51 year-old Anita Hill has been arrested and charged with shooting her son's boyfriend of four years in the back at a Love's Truck Stop. As of now, local authorities are not investigating this as a hate violence homicide and are saying Hill's motive is that Johnson was in a "violent" relationship with her son.
Today, the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released guidance on a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to inform the intimate partner and sexual violence field about the new nondiscrimination grant condition within the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, an queer (LGBTQ) survivors from discrimination.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the intimate partner homicide of Kurtland Ma in West Hollywood, California. According to local media sources, Ma was discovered, stabbed to death, on Saturday, March 29th in apartment he shared with his boyfriend, Andre Damiane Davids. Davids has since been arrested and is being held in connection with Ma's death.
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