The #IAmVanessaGuillen Bill to be introduced on Capitol Hill this week
"More Fort Hood soldiers have died in homicides than in battle since 2016."
WASHINGTON- The #IAmVanessaGuillen bill, which honors Fort Hood soldier and Houston-native Spc. Vanessa Guillen, will be introduced on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
Natalie Khawam, the lawyer representing the Guillen family, made a post on social media over the weekend announcing the plan to introduce the bipartisan bill at 12 p.m. on September 16th on Capitol Hill.
“We need everyone to contact their congressman and senator and tell them to sponsor the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill,” Khawam said.
The lead Congresswoman on the bill is Jackie Speier (D) from California, and the lead Congressman on the bill is Markwayne Mullin (R) from Oklahoma.
If passed, the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill would allow active-duty members to file sexual harassment and assault claims to a third party.
Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillen’s case drew international attention after she went missing on April 22nd while on the base. After months of investigation and searching, her remains were found in June near the Leon River in Bell County.
In a two hour special report aired by ABC 2020, it was revealed that before she went missing, Guillen confided in her mother that she was sexually harassed by her superior, Spc. Aaron Robinson. At the time Guillen was a Private First Class, which ranks below a Specialist. A federal criminal complaint filed reported that Spc. Aaron Robinson bludgeoned Guillen to death the day before she intended to report the sexual assault.
An affidavit explains that Robinson’s girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, assisted Robinson in dismembering Guillen’s body, burning and burying her remains in three different shallow graves in Bell County.
An article written by the New York Times this month shared that, “More Fort Hood soldiers have died in homicides than in battle since 2016.”
“We all need this bill to pass so we can help protect our men and woman serving in the military. Our soldiers deserve to have the same rights and protections we all have, especially since they are serving our country,” Khawam, Guillen Family lawyer said.
A report from ABC13 shared that the HISD school board recently approved the move to make September 30th “Vanessa Guillen Day.” Guillen graduated from Cesar E. Chavez High School in Houston in 2018, before joining the Army.