H.RES.61: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should work with the Government of Haiti to address gender-based violence against women and children.

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.
Total Cosponsors 18 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 6, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 25, 2013
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Bill Summary

Sympathizes with the families of women and children victimized by sexual and other forms of gender-based violence in Haiti.

Urges treatment of the issue of violence against women and children as a priority for U.S. humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

Calls on the government of Haiti to: (1) address the needs of vulnerable children who are in situations of sexual exploitation or forced labor, and (2) implement the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued in response to increased levels of sexual violence in camps for internally displaced persons.

Supports Haiti, especially the Ministry of Women's Affairs, in its efforts to assess and renew its five-year gender protection plan.

Supports passage of Haiti's first comprehensive law on the prevention, punishment, and elimination of gender-based violence.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Feb. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
Feb. 6, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.