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Policy Advocacy

Supporting one woman or girl at a time is not enough. To ensure that immigrant women and girls in the U.S. can live in safety and with dignity, we must change the laws, policies, and norms that leave them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

We work to correct flaws and close gaps in the U.S. justice system, so that immigrant women and girls are less vulnerable to violence and exploitation.

  • administrative advocacy

    We engage with the White House and federal agencies to pursue policies that address violence against immigrant women and girls and ensure they are fully and appropriately implemented.

  • legislative action

    We advance bills that would improve protections for immigrant women and girls and defend against measures that would diminish their ability to live in safety and dignity.

  • impact litigation

    We change the law through strategic use of the courts in partnership with colleague organizations and law firms working on a pro bono basis.

  • media engagement

    We inform public debate on immigration and violence against women and elevate policymakers’ understanding through online, print, radio, and television news sources.

  • movement building

    We identify and mobilize a broad base of allies to fight for the safety of immigrant women and girls through education, outreach, and public engagement.

  • coalition leadership

    We connect, consult, and collaborate with advocates from around the country to ensure that diverse and marginalized voices are taken into account by law makers.

informed advocacy

We analyze trends in the experiences of immigrant women and girls through our direct services, training, and education programs. With this data, we are able to identify the gaps in public policy that impact their safety and dignity. Then, we apply our unique, bridge-building approach to advocate for systemic change.

strengths in our approach

  • non-partisan
  • collaborative
  • experienced
  • strategic
  • innovative
  • survivor-informed

focus areas

Immigrant women and girls in the United States are among the most vulnerable to abuse and exploitation because of language barriers, fear of deportation, and lack of work authorization. Aspects of our immigration system that are inefficient, under-resourced, unfair, or ill-managed compound this vulnerability, and gaps in the justice system leave many victims trapped and without safe options. We work to change these systemic factors through advocacy in our policy focus areas.

of abusive partners fail to give their spouses legal immigration status in the United States as a tool of control
1 out of 5
battered immigrant women cite fear of immigration consequences as a reason for staying with an abuser
years many immigrant women and girls will wait for a hearing in U.S. immigration court due to pervasive backlogs