Advocate & Take Action

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. We are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Because structural and institutional racism raise additional barriers for women and girls of color seeking justice, economic opportunity, and safety, YWCA centers the safety and full equality of women and girls of color in our work. YWCA’s comprehensive policy and legislative priorities include:

Racial Justice & Civil Rights

  • An end to the zero tolerance and family separation policies at the U.S. border, immediate reunification of families, and an end to the detention of immigrant women, children, and families seeking refuge, asylum, and safety in the U.S.
  • Passage of The Dream Act (S.1615, H.R. 3440) as a permanent solution for DREAMers
  • Passage of the End Racial (and Religious) Profiling Act (S.411, H.R.947)
  • A fair and accurate 2020 census, including elimination of the proposed citizenship question and full funding and support for an accurate census count

Empowerment & Economic Advancement of Women and Girls

  • Passage of legislation to support working families, including: the Child Care for Working Families Act (H.R.3773), the FAMILY Act (S.337), the Healthy Families Act (S.336, H.R.1516), and the Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act (S.2043/H.R.4198)
  • Full FY2019 funding of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), early learning and youth empowerment programs, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other important housing programs

Health & Safety of Women and Girls

  • Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA) (S.2784, H.R.6014)
  • Passage of legislation to meet the physical and mental health needs of women and girls, including the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act of 2017 (S.774, H.R.1757), the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R. 1318), and the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017 (S.1112)
  • Full FY2019 funding of VAWA, FVPSA, and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)