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Senator Joni Ernst has been at the center of efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in the Senate; she is also one of a few women in Congress who have disclosed their own experiences as survivors of intimate partner violence. In this interview, Senator Ernst stresses that anyone can be affected by gender-based violence—regardless of income level, geographic location, or political party—and discusses how she is using her platform as a U.S. Senator to raise awareness, encourage difficult conversations, and fight for greater resources for all women who suffer violence.

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The Wilson Center’s office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs. We organize and run a series of educational programs led by Wilson Center experts, ranging from seminars to podcasts, with the purpose of increasing congressional staffers’ knowledge of international policy. We also coordinate outreach to Capitol Hill, including testimonies by Wilson Center scholars and briefings for Members of Congress.  Read more