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Will receive award for original sponsorship of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2013 — Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will receive the American Bar Association’s Congressional Justice Award April 17 for his lead role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013.

Crapo is an original sponsor of the bill to reauthorize VAWA, which was first enacted in 1994 to prevent domestic and sexual violence and provide assistance to victims and families. After pushing for the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the landmark act in 2012, Crapo won final congressional passage—and much needed resources to help law enforcement and prosecutors to protect their communities—in February of this year.

“As a VAWA sponsor, Sen. Crapo has made the effort to end domestic and sexual violence a national priority,” said ABA President Laurel G. Bellows.

“I am honored to be recognized with the Justice Award from the American Bar Association,” Crapo said. “The Violence Against Women Act is an important piece of legislation that has worked to reduce domestic and sexual violence throughout Idaho and the United States. I will continue to work with colleagues to ensure we have the most up-to-date protections in place to stop this violence from occurring.”

Crapo will receive one of the six ABA Congressional Justice Awards that will be given as part of the association’s annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession. ABA Day 2013 brings distinguished lawyers from 50 states to Washington, D.C., to discuss issues such as funding for the Legal Services Corporation and federal judicial vacancies.

Other recipients of the 2013 ABA Congressional Justice Award include Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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