WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 17, 2012) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will join Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal, and other senior Administration officials for an event highlighting the critical need for Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The event will start off with a panel discussion among Lt. Governor Brown and four other community leaders and legal advocates highlighting the successes of VAWA and what more needs to be done to improve the Nation’s response to violence against women. The discussion will be moderated by domestic violence awareness advocate and Emmy Award-winning journalist Paula Zahn. Following the panel discussion, the Vice President and others will give remarks on the Obama-Biden Administration’s ongoing coordination across the federal government to combat violence against women and announce new steps the Administration is taking to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault.
Combating domestic violence is a personal cause for Lt. Governor Brown. In August 2008, his cousin Cathy was senselessly murdered by her estranged boyfriend. Building on his experience as a legislator and the perspective provided by this tragedy, Lt. Governor Brown has championed reforms to combat domestic violence. Brown led successful efforts in 2009 to improve domestic violence laws by giving judges the authority to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. In 2010, Brown worked with members of the General Assembly, domestic violence advocates and stakeholders to pass legislation allowing a victim of domestic abuse to terminate a residential lease with a copy of a final protective order. Most recently, during the 2012 legislative session, the Lt. Governor advocated for legislation enacted by the General Assembly to provide unemployment insurance benefits for individuals who must leave a job to escape domestic violence. Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, domestic violence deaths in Maryland have dropped by 41% over the past three years.
Both portions of this event are open press. Space for media is limited; an RSVP is required to participate. This event will also be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live <http://www.whitehouse.gov/live> .
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Participate in White House Panel Discussion on VAWA
WHERE: Eisenhower Executive Office Building
South Court Auditorium
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2012
Camera pre-set for all TV cameras planning to cover either portion of the event: 10:00 AM
11:00 AM: Panel Discussion, moderated by Paula Zahn
Gather time for print reporters, radio and still photographers: 10:45 AM at the White House stakeout location
11:30 AM: Vice President Biden and other senior administration officials deliver remarks
Gather time for print reporters, radio and still photographers: 11:10 AM at the White House stakeout location
RSVP: Press who wish to cover this event should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by TODAY, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 6:00 PM.