Schumer was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998. Previously, as a member of the House of Representatives, he co-authored the Violence Against Women Act, which provides federal support to local communities to bolster law enforcement efforts aimed at stopping domestic violence, while expanding counseling and shelter services. As Senator, he fought for the Act’s successful reauthorization in 2000 and 2005 and for the provision of STOP grants, which allow local communities to prosecute batterers more effectively and aid victims by maintaining battered women’s shelters and providing counseling and medical services.
“New York has played a historic role in the abolitionist movement but the movement does not belong to history. Rather, the fight for true and complete freedom is not over until slavery, in all its forms, is stamped out in every dark and forgotten corner of the world.”