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The First Lady Honors International Women of Courage

look at this website First Lady Michelle Obama joined Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom at the Department of State to honor recipients of the International Women of Courage Award, and she called it one of the highlights of her year because always leaves inspired and determined to reflect their courage. First Lady'

A post on the White House website details some of the First Lady's comments and gives background on the award, which annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women's empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of the award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 49 different countries.

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Read the First Lady's full remarks to the International Women of Courage Award recipients HERE.


Moving Forward to Protect Native American Women – White House

An article posted at whitehouse.gov details an annoucement by the Justice Department about the Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) 2013 Pilot Project for Tribes.

Last year, President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) recognizing a tribe’s inherent right to protect women previously left vulnerable by gaps in the law.  In February, the Attorney General announced that three American Indian tribes – the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation of Oregon, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington – will participate in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Pilot Project to implement the new law. Crimes of domestic violence committed on the reservations of these tribes will be subject to tribal criminal prosecution, regardless of the defendant’s status as an Indian or non-Indian.

VAWA builds upon the foundation of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), which recently marked its third anniversary and continues to strengthen tribal sovereignty through more effective tribal justice systems. Today, the participating tribes in the Pilot Project can ensure that justice is served on their own lands, stop the cycle of violence against women, and help fulfill President Obama’s larger agenda to make Indian Country a safer, more prosperous place for Native Americans.

More information about the announcement can be found on the Department of Justice’s Tribal Justice and Safety Web site, available at: www.justice.gov/tribal



Outreach Programs Aim to Boost ACA Enrollment for Latinos

Despite general gains, enrollment in health care has been lagging with Latinos in California. Articles on Bloomberg.com, the website for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Los Angeles Times and the Covered California website explore the issues of barriers to enrollment and efforts at outreach to the Latino community as the March 31st enrollment deadline approaches. An article in CiMH's "Healthcare Reform Issues at a Glance" comprises information on the gradual increase in enrollment and some of the outreach efforts.

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