Hurd, Kelly Advocate for Black Women and Girls

September 14, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) led a bipartisan coalition in introducing the Protect Black Women and Girls Act of 2020 (H.R. 8196). The Protect Black Women and Girls Act of 2020 would establish an Interagency Task Force to examine the conditions and experiences of Black women and girls in education, economic development, healthcare, labor and employment, housing, justice and civil rights, to promote community-based methods for mitigating and addressing harm and ensuring accountability, and to study societal impacts of these conditions and experiences. 

“We must ensure black women and girls growing up in America today are treated equally and have the same opportunities as all Americans. Ensuring equal treatment across education, health care, economic development and more is something that should already happen, but, because it does not, Rep. Robin Kelly and I are calling for a task force to study the treatment and experiences of black women and girls across all sectors of our daily lives. I hope this brings needed accountability and positive change,” said Hurd. “I am the proud brother of a strong successful sister and the uncle of vibrant, intelligent nieces. They matter.”

“Since founding the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, the co-chairs and I have worked to create a venue to highlight and share the experiences of Black women and girls in America, both positive and negative. The Protecting Black Women and Girls Act of 2020 is the next evolution of our work,” said Kelly. “Through this Interagency Task Force, we will gain greater insights into these experiences while developing strategies, initiatives and legislation to ensure that the doors of opportunity are open to all Americans.”

The original co-sponsors are Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).