Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 06010666 (posted Jan. 6, 2006)"
President Bush, on 1/5/06, signed into law the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3402). Public Law Number 109-162.
As we previously reported, during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s consideration of its version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) bill (S. 1197), Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) was successful in attaching an amendment that authorizes any federal government agency to collect DNA samples from people who are arrested or detained under federal authority in order for those DNA profiles to be included in the federal (CODIS) DNA database. That amendment unfortunately was included as part of the final VAWA package, despite strong opposition by the National Task Force to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence, the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women, privacy groups, and immigration groups.
On a more positive note, thanks to the work of these same advocates, the final bill does not include the amendment offered by Representative Steve King (R-IA) during the House’s initial floor debate on H.R. 3402, that would have prohibited any person convicted of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, trafficking, elder abuse, or dating violence from sponsoring a visa applicant in the future.
View the text of the bill as amended and passed by both chambers. View a summary of the VAWA 2005 immigration provisions prepared by Legal Momentum.