HUDSON, N.Y. -- Will the Violence Against Women Act remain protected during Trump's presidency?

This was the question at the heart of Saturday's Town Hall concerning women's rights in Hudson. 

Residents, survivors and women’s rights organization leaders shared remarks, asking an absent Congressman John Faso how he plans to protect the VAWA. 

Faso was invited to the event, but declined to attend due to a speaking engagement at a high school graduation. 

He says he plans to try and protect the Violence Against Women Act as long as the legislation is fair. 

"The violence against women act will be up for reauthorization in 2018 however it's at risk right now," said Sonia Ossorio, National Organization for Women of New York president.

"I support it and I think it's very important we support initiatives like that," Faso said.

Advocates at the town hall were comprised of Planned Parenthood Organizations, National Organization for Women and more.