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This article was originally published in The Guardian on May 26, 2017. You can access the original article here: bit.ly/2qQC6gS.

The Guardian’s Sam Levin reports that the Department of Homeland Security’s new online database, VINE, includes confidential information on victims of crimes, including protected survivors of gender-based violence. The Tahirih Justice Center’s Chief of Policy and Programs, Archi Pyati, spoke with Levin about this violation of federal statute.

“It has certainly put a very powerful tool in the hands of abusers,” said Pyati. “Federal law says you’re not allowed to do this.”

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