The White House's Gender Policy Council, Assisted by Miami Law's Caroline Bettinger-López, Releases National Plan

In 2021, the Biden Administration named Professor Bettinger-López as senior advisor to the Gender Policy Council, charging her with assisting in developing a National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence in the United States.
The White House's Gender Policy Council, Assisted by Miami Law's Caroline Bettinger-López, Releases National Plan
Professor Caroline Bettinger-López

On Thursday, May 25, the White House Gender Policy Council released the National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for Action. This first-ever National Plan advances an unprecedented and comprehensive approach to preventing and addressing sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and other forms of gender-based violence. 

The Department of Justice recently issued a press release, Justice Department Highlights Initiatives to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, highlighting a series of initiatives aimed at preventing and addressing GBV and lauding the White House’s release of the National Plan to End GBV.

Professor Caroline Bettinger-López is the founder and director of Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic. She is on leave while serving as a senior advisor on Gender and Equality at the U.S. Department of Justice. Bettinger-López's scholarship, practice, and teaching concerns international human rights law and policy advocacy, violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education. She focuses on implementing human rights norms at the domestic level, principally in the United States and Latin America. Bettinger-López regularly litigates and engages in other forms of advocacy before the Inter-American Human Rights system, the United Nations, federal and state courts, and legislative bodies.

The White House Gender Policy Council hosted a launch event with two roundtable discussions. During the first roundtable, leaders from key federal agencies highlighted their agencies' role in strengthening ongoing federal action and interagency collaboration to advance the goals of the National Plan through a whole-of-government approach. During the second roundtable, survivors, advocates, and other leaders from civil society, including community-based organizations and private sector organizations, discussed the importance of mobilizing a whole-of-society approach to prevent and address Gender-Based Violence.