Justice for Immigrant Women

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Immigrant women come to the United States for reasons as varied and dynamic as the women themselves. Some dream of better lives for themselves and their children. Some are seeking to reunify with spouses, parents, and children from whom they’ve been separated. Some are fleeing gender-based violence. Through its Gender Justice Initiative, NIJC advocates to ensure U.S. law recognizes the critical contributions and particular vulnerabilities of immigrant women.

NIJC's Gender Justice Policy Platform:

  1. Promote recognition of the unique struggles immigrant women face and the value of their economic and social contributions to their families and communities
  2. Ensure immigrant women have equal and safe access to law enforcement officials, legal services, and relief
  3. Achieve recognition of gender-based asylum claims
  4. Keep all families together
  5. Provide protection for survivors of crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking

Women in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Materials from November 2013 U.S. House staff briefing on how immigration reform can affect immigrant survivors of violence (PDF files):

Advocacy Letters

Letter from NGOs on the Parole System for the U Visa Program (Oct. 2014)

301 NGOs committed to ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking call on the House of Representatives to pass an immigration reform bill (Jun. 2014)

Letters from members of Congress elevating issues of importance to women and families in the immigration reform debate (November 2013):

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA)


Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013 Reauthorization

Fact sheets and press releases from NIJC's advocacy to reauthorize VAWA in 2013