A national committee of leading experts on existing protections – and protection gaps – in US laws affecting refugee and immigrant women survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and gender-based persecution, has drafted a statement urging Congress, as they consider immigration reforms, to prioritize the need to protect immigrant women and their families from violence and exploitation.
Please sign-on to the statement to impress on Congress the importance of addressing violence against women in comprehensive immigration reform, and to demonstrate widespread strong support for this priority! We will submit this for the record of the upcoming Senate hearing.
Please see the statement here and attached, and click here to sign on! (Only organizational endorsements are being accepted at this time – thank you!) And please share this widely with your own networks. Sign-ons are due by 4:00 pm ET on Friday, March 15, 2013.
For more information, contact Jeanne Smoot with the Tahirih Justice Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cecelia Levin with ASISTA Immigration Assistance at email@example.com.
Thanks for your support,
Director of Public Policy
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities