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Immigration Resources

The domestic violence community needs to remain vigilant about what happens with Immigration Reform in our country because of the potential impact that immigration policies and laws can have on immigrant victims of domestic violence. Immigrant victims of domestic violence, whether documented or undocumented, face particular barriers when seeking help. They are also less likely to report crimes or seek police assistance because they fear they will be reported to federal immigration authorities and deported or have their children taken away.

Immigrant victims of domestic violence face a series language and cultural barriers that make it difficult for them to understand their rights, access services, and work with law enforcement. Furthermore, abusers of immigrant victims often have additional power over their victims through deliberate attempts to misrepresent the law and by controlling immigration documents and threatening deportation or losing custody of their children if they report violence.

Since Congress first passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994, federal legislation has addressed the additional challenges facing immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence. In 2005, Congress took significant steps in the VAWA reauthorization to increase protections for immigrant victims of violence. Learn more about VAWA 2005.

What You Can Do To Help

The National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women monitors on-going immigration reform debate for proposals that will expose victims to even greater danger and make our communities less safe. They support immigration reform provisions that ensure immigrant victims of violence have access to law enforcement and services to escape violence.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) also supports policies that benefit all victims of domestic violence and believes that the ability of immigrant victims to receive police protection and restraining orders is crucial to efforts to end domestic and sexual violence. NNEDV works closely with the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women to advocate for legislation that ensures abused immigrants can access police protection and receive services. Join NNEDV's Action Alert list and receive updates on when you can take action to keep immigrant victims safe!

The following two reports are downloadable from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) website: www.nclr.org/index.php/publications

Five Facts About Undocumented Workers in the United States The strong presence of undocumented workers in the U.S. labor force illustrates the imbalance between the nation's immigration system and current economic realities. This fact sheet challenges some common myths about undocumented workers. Link to Publication

The Impact of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act on the Latino Community The recent signing of Arizona SB 1070 and subsequent reactions to the law have brought significant attention to the dangers of state-level immigration enforcement and the urgent need for comprehensive federal immigration reform. One antecedent of the law is the federal law known as section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Link to Publication

NCLR also has numerous publications available in Spanish at http://www.nclr.org/index.php/site/pub_types/spanish_publications

Broken Trust Video - Enlace Comunitario, a domestic violence organization in Albuquerque, NM that serves immigrant families, has created a video that addresses this issue. Watch the video: http://www.enlacenm.org/brokentrust.html

Culturally Effective Legal Interviewing and Counseling for the Mexican Immigrant—A Case Study Enlace Comunitario, a domestic violence organization in Albuquerque, NM that serves immigrant families. (Download PDF)

Domestic Abuse and Immigration: An Advocate’s Perspective This article was written by one of Casa de Esperanza’s Family Advocates. Download - Casa de Esperanza - Publications

Farmworkers Speak Out - Article In Ms. Magazine Recommended for Farmworking Women & Working Hardships (Download PDF) - Lideres Campesinas - Publications

Gendered Grassroot Leadership - Research Report Expert (by Maylei Blackwell) Recommended for Farmworking Women & Gendered Leadership (Download PDF) - Lideres Campesinas - Publications

Impacto Comunitario Winter 2011 (bilingual) Enlace Comunitario, a domestic violence organization in Albuquerque, NM that serves immigrant families. (Download PDF)

Injustice on Our Plates is a new investigative report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It exposes the unconscionable exploitation and shocking array of abuses endured by poverty-stricken immigrant women working in the U.S. food industry. http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/downloads/publication/Injustice_on_Our_Plates.pdf

For information on numerous Immigrant Justice Cases filed by SPLC (Agenda Area: Immigrant Justice) http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket

Learning To Fight Back - Article In People Magazine Recommended for Farmworking Women & Sexual Harassment (Download PDF) - Lideres Campesinas - Publications

The Challenges & The Goals of Lideres Campesinas - Viva Article Recommended for Farmworking Women & Women Enpowerment (Download PDF) - Lideres Campesinas - Publications

With or Without Papers.... Enlace Comunitario, a domestic violence organization in Albuquerque, NM that serves immigrant families. (Download PDF)

National Immigration Forum Established in 1982, the National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation. The Forum uses its communications, advocacy and policy expertise to create a vision, consensus and strategy that leads to a better, more welcoming America – one that treats all newcomers fairly. It advocates for US immigration policy that honors our nation’s ideals, protects human dignity, reflects our country’s economic demands, celebrates family unity and provides opportunities for progress.

The Forum Offers resources for immigrants, service providers, local governments, and community based organizations interested in learning how, together, they can work to successfully integrate immigrants into the social and political fabric of communities. http://www.immigrationforum.org/