Sharon Stapel (’98) on LGBT Protections in VAWA

March 8, 2013 | CUNY School of Law

In an article for the Huffington Post, alum Sharon Stapel (’98), Executive Director of the NYC Anti Violence Project, discusses the new Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was signed into law by President Obama on March 7, 2013.  This new version of VAWA is the first federal legislation in the country that explicitly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “This is a cause for celebration,” Stapel writes, “it is a model that we can build on, and it is a victory for LGBT people everywhere.

President Obama signs VAWA into law. On far right, alum Sharon Stapel ('98). Photo credit: Day One (http://www.dayoneny.org/)

President Obama signs VAWA into law. On far right, alum Sharon Stapel (’98). Photo credit: Day One (http://www.dayoneny.org/)

Read Stapel’s article on the Huffington Post here.

Watch video of President Obama signing VAWA into law and acknowledging the contribution of Sharon Stapel, courtesy of Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson on the Constitutional Law Prof Blog.