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Senate Passes Bill to Promote Pro bono Services for Domestic Violence Survivors

On November 10, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, S. 2280, the Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent (POWER) Act.

Sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), the bill would require U.S. attorneys for each judicial district to lead at least one public event, in partnership with domestic violence service providers and volunteer attorneys, to promote pro bono legal services as a “critical way” to empower survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The measure also would require such events in districts containing Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

The attorney general would be required to report to Congress annually on these events.

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