Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Passed Senate amended (03/10/2008)

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

Expresses the solidarity of the people of the United States with the people of Guatemala in the face of these tragic acts.

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

Urges the government of Guatemala to: (1) strengthen laws with respect to domestic violence and sexual harassment, improve the integrity of the prosecutorial and judicial systems, and provide the resources to enforce justice for crimes against women; and (2) hold accountable law enforcement and judicial officials who have failed to investigate and prosecute the murders.

Encourages the Secretary of State and the Attorney General to provide assistance in establishing a comprehensive missing persons system and a state protection program for witnesses, victims' relatives, and human rights defenders.

Encourages the Secretary to support efforts to identify perpetrators and unknown victims through forensic analysis, including assisting the government of Guatemala in adequately funding the National Institute for Forensic Science (INACIF) and training lab personnel in investigatory and evidence gathering protocols.

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