Save the Children Supports the Reintroduction of the Central American Women and Children Protection Act


Media Contact: Suzanne Arnold, [email protected], (609) 610-4957 (M)

Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2021) – Save the Children fully supports the reintroduction of the bipartisan Central American Women and Children Protection Act, which passed the House in September, and will be reintroduced in the Senate at the end of the month. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), would protect women and children in the Northern Triangle from domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and neglect. The legislation would hold perpetrators accountable for their actions, which is an important step in addressing violence against women, a significant driver of migration.

“We were proud to endorse this legislation when it was first introduced in 2019, and wholeheartedly support its reintroduction and passage,” said Santiago Mueckay, Manager of Federal Government Relations at Save the Children. “This legislation is urgently needed to address the increasing incidence of violence against women and girls in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. We applaud Representative Torres and Senator Rubio for bringing this bipartisan legislation back to the table and will work arduously with their offices to ensure it becomes law. There is no time to lose – we must protect women and girls and empower them to live a safe life in their home countries.”

Save the Children – together with its political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network – will work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to ensure the Central American Women and Children Protection Act is enacted, and that women and girls are protected.

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