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Text of the Violence Against Women Office Act

This bill was introduced on July 13, 2000, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 13, 2000 (Introduced).

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HR 4848 IH

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4848

To establish the Violence Against Women Office within the Department of Justice.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 13, 2000

Mr. FORBES (for himself, Mrs. EMERSON, Mr. CONYERS, Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. SMITH of Washington, Mr. ETHERIDGE, Mr. FROST, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mrs. MALONEY of New York, Mr. MALONEY of Connecticut, Mr. BALDACCI, Mrs. THURMAN, Mr. NADLER, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Ms. KILPATRICK, Mrs. MEEK of Florida, Ms. CARSON, Mrs. TAUSCHER, Mr. EVANS, Ms. PELOSI, Mr. STARK, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mrs. NAPOLITANO, Mr. REYES, Mr. HOEFFEL, Mrs. MORELLA, Mr. HILLIARD, Ms. DEGETTE, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. ROTHMAN, Ms. LEE, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. FARR of California, Ms. WOOLSEY, Ms. BROWN of Florida, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Ms. HOOLEY of Oregon, Ms. MILLENDER-MCDONALD, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mr. BERMAN, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, and Ms. MCCARTHY of Missouri) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To establish the Violence Against Women Office within the Department of Justice.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Violence Against Women Office Act’.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN OFFICE.

    (a) OFFICE- There is hereby established within the Department of Justice, under the general authority of the Attorney General, a Violence Against Women Office (in this Act referred to as the ‘Office’).

    (b) DIRECTOR- The Office shall be headed by a Director (in this Act referred to as the ‘Director’), who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director shall report to the Attorney General through the Associate Attorney General. The Director shall have final authority for all grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts awarded by the Office. The Director shall not engage in any employment other than that of serving as the Director, nor shall the Director hold any office in, or act in any capacity for, any organization, agency, or institution with which the Office makes any contract or other arrangement under this Act.

SEC. 3. DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF DIRECTOR OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN OFFICE.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The Director shall have the following duties:

      (1) Serving as special counsel to the Attorney General on the subject of violence against women.

      (2) Maintaining liaison with the judicial branches of the Federal and State Governments on matters relating to violence against women.

      (3) Providing information to the President, the Congress, the judiciary, State and local governments, and the general public on matters relating to violence against women.

      (4) Serving, at the request of the Attorney General or Associate Attorney General, as the representative of the Department of Justice on domestic task forces, committees, or commissions addressing policy or issues relating to violence against women.

      (5) Serving, at the request of the President, acting through the Attorney General, as the representative of the United States Government on human rights and economic justice matters related to violence against women in international forums, including, but not limited to, the United Nations.

      (6) Carrying out the functions of the Department of Justice under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (title IV of Public Law 103-322) and the amendments made by that Act, and other functions of the Department of Justice on matters relating to violence against women, including with respect to those functions--

        (A) the development of policy, protocols, and guidelines;

        (B) the development and management of grant programs and other programs, and the provision of technical assistance under such programs; and

        (C) the award and termination of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.

      (7) Providing technical assistance, coordination, and support to--

        (A) other elements of the Department of Justice, in efforts to develop policy and to enforce Federal laws relating to violence against women, including the litigation of civil and criminal actions relating to enforcing such laws;

        (B) other Federal, State, and tribal agencies, in efforts to develop policy, provide technical assistance, and improve coordination among agencies carrying out efforts to eliminate violence against women, including Indian or indigenous women; and

        (C) grantees, in efforts to combat violence against women and to provide support and assistance to victims of such violence.

      (8) Exercising such other powers and functions as may be vested in the Director pursuant to this Act or by delegation of the Attorney General or Associate Attorney General.

      (9) Establishing such rules, regulations, guidelines, and procedures as are necessary to carry out any function of the Office.

SEC. 4. STAFF OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN OFFICE.

    The Attorney General shall ensure that the Director has adequate staff to support the Director in carrying out the Director’s responsibilities under this Act.