Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a bill to encourage pro bono legal representation for survivors of domestic violence. The Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 (S. 717), or the POWER Act, directs the Chief Judge in each judicial district to lead at least one public event per year – or at least two if the judicial district contains a tribal organization – to promote pro bono legal services to assist survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking obtain justice.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) applauded today’s House approval of the bill in the statement below.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Domestic violence survivors often face a number of obstacles in obtaining justice and freedom from their abuser, whether it is fear of retribution or navigating a complex legal system. The POWER Act seeks to assist these brave survivors to obtain justice by encouraging lawyers in their communities to provide them with free legal representation so that they are able to get protective orders against an attacker. I thank Senator Sullivan for his leadership on this issue and urge further action so that this bill gets to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.”