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president signs Violence Against Women Act

On January 5, 2006, the President of the United States signed the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), Pub. L. 109-162, 119 Stat. 2960 (2006) (codified at 8 USC 1375a). Title VIII of VAWA 2005 is entitled, "Protection of Battered and Trafficked Immigrants," and contains Subtitle D, "International Marriage Broker Regulation Act" (IMBRA), which requires International Marriage Brokers to check the backgrounds of United States clients.

Duty to Disclose Criminal and Marital History and Obtain Written Consent.
Before a (for fee) International Marriage Broker may provide a foreign national client’s personal contact information to a United States client, the IMB must: (1) search sex offender public registries for information regarding the United States client; (2) collect certain criminal and marital background information through documentation or an attestation; (3) provide to the foreign national client any records retrieved from the sex offender public registry search and the background information collected in her primary language; (4) provide to the foreign national client a government-prepared information pamphlet about the legal rights and resources available in the U.S. to immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes; and (5) obtain the foreign national client’s signed, written consent to the release of her information to the United States client. (Sections 833(d)(2) and (3))

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