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Passed House without amendment (05/01/2007)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Expresses condolences to the families of women and girls murdered in Guatemala and recognizes the families' courage in seeking justice.

Condemns the ongoing abductions and murders of women and girls in Guatemala.

Urges the government of Guatemala to recognize domestic violence and sexual harassment as criminal acts and encourages the government of Guatemala to investigate the killings of women, prosecute those responsible, and eliminate the tolerance of violence against women.

Supports efforts to identify perpetrators and unknown victims through forensic analysis, including DNA testing.

Encourages the Secretary of State to urge the government of Guatemala to: (1) honor the victims of the brutal murders and to continue to include in the Department of State's annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices all instances of improper investigatory methods, threats against human rights activists, and the use of torture with respect to cases involving the murder and abduction of women and girls in Guatemala; (2) hold accountable those law enforcement and judicial officials who fail to investigate and prosecute the murders adequately; and (3) take measures to ensure that the special Guatemalan police and prosecutorial units are adequately staffed and have sufficient resources.

Recommends that the Secretary develop a comprehensive plan to combat the growing problem of violence against women in Latin America.