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Vice President Biden Names Lynn Rosenthal as the First Ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women



Vice President Joseph Biden announced on June 26 that Lynn Rosenthal would serve as the first ever White House advisor on Violence Against Women. Biden, author of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, which will be up for reauthorization in 2010, praised Rosenthal's life-long advocacy in domestic violence policy.

In Rosenthal's new role, she will "serve as an advisor to the President and Vice President on domestic violence and sexual assault issues; be a liaison to the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy community; coordinate with the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women on implementation of Family Violence Prevention Act services; coordinate with the State Department and USAID on global domestic violence initiatives; and drive the development of new initiatives and policy aimed at combating domestic violence and sexual assault with advocacy groups and members of Congress." To learn more about this new appointment, please click on the White House press release.

This appointment comes on the heels of the House of Representatives increasing funding for the Violence Against Women Act Legal Assistance Program by $4 million, making the fiscal year 2010 funding level $41 million. The FY 2010 Senate Appropriations bill provides $45 million for legal assistance for victims.

To date, there has been no news about an appointment being made to the Office on Violence Against Women.

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