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Dear Colleague:

Please join us on Wednesday, May 16 at 4:30 PM for the second meeting of the Bipartisan Working Group to End Domestic Violence. Our inaugural meeting on April 16 featured a robust overview of gender-based violence and how the needs of survivors are addressed
in the Violence Against Women Act. This month we seek to raise awareness of domestic violence homicide prevention strategies and firearm protocols.

Date:                                    Wednesday, May 16

Time:                                    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Location:                             Cannon 340

Co-Chair Remarks:            Rep. Debbie Dingell

                                             Rep. Ryan Costello

                                             Rep. Gwen Moore

Member Remarks:             Congressmembers In Attendance  

Panelists:                           Ruth Glenn, CEO and President of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

                                            Judge Roberto Canas – Dallas County Specialized Criminal Domestic Violence Court

Ruth Glenn, President and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will share her story as a domestic violence survivor of gun violence. She will discuss the challenges she faced with the legal system and make recommendations
that would protect future victims.  As an advocate and a former State Administrator in Colorado, she will discuss the importance of changing laws to give the courts and law enforcement agencies critical tools to keep guns out of the hands of abusers.

Judge Roberto Canas presides over County Criminal Court #10 (a Specialized Criminal Domestic Violence Court created by the DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women) in Dallas, Texas.  In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice named Canas’ court
a Domestic Violence Mentor court for exhibiting best practices – one of only six in the nation. Judge Canas is on the faculty of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence where he trains judges around the country how adjudicate domestic violence

Interested Members of Congress, staff and the public are encouraged to attend this important discussion. For more information on how to join the Bipartisan Working Group to End Domestic Violence and RSVP please contact Natalie Martinez from Rep. Dingell’s
office at or Stephanie DeMarco in Rep. Costello’s office at




Debbie Dingell                               Ryan Costello                                  Gwen Moore

Member of Congress                     Member of Congress                       Member of Congress


About the Bipartisan Working Group to End Domestic Violence

Mission: Convene a bipartisan group of members of Congress and key stakeholders who are dedicated to ending domestic violence, creating innovative prevention strategies, and strengthening resources for survivors and their children.

Meetings: One-hour monthly meetings will invite experts to explore the policy implications of domestic violence and ways Congress can craft legislative improvements for survivors and prevention programs for future generations.

Members: Nanette Barragán, Susan Brooks, Julia Brownley,
Ken Calvert, Salud Carbajal, Steve Cohen, Gerald Connolly, Rodney Davis,
Dan Donovan, Bill Foster, Jimmy Gomez, Alcee Hastings, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Lynn Jenkins, Dan Lipinski,
Tom MacArthur, Stephanie Murphy, Tom O’Halleran, Tom Suozzi, Juan Vargas, Nydia Velazquez, Debbie Wasserman Shultz

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Family Issues, Judiciary

Related Event Information

Event Location: Cannon 340
Event Start: 5/16/2018 4:30:00 PM
Event End: 5/16/2018 5:30:00 PM

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