Twenty eighteen was a tough year for immigrant women. Last year it hit them big. Many of the protections that they had have diminished the new government. The former US Attorney General “Jeff Sessions” took several cases and used them to change the asylum laws.
It has become harder for women to claim asylum for being abused in their countries of origin. Cases based on domestic violence in their country of origin have been severely limited. We have also seen that they have been separating children from families and that it may now be that people requesting asylum from Central America have to wait in Mexico during the asylum process. This could cause many problems because in Mexico there are many human traffickers and women making the trip alone or with their children will have a higher risk of violence or sexual abuse if they must stay at the border for an extended time to pursue their asylum case.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence in the United States or has been the victim of sexual harassment, assault, or general violence, you should contact an attorney because immigration programs are available for people who have been victims of certain crimes and people who have been victims of domestic violence.
We know that immigrant women are strong and that they are often the ones who move the process forward for their family. We have seen locally and nationally how immigrant women have taken the immigration fight and have become leaders in organizations and protests around the country. That leadership is not surprising because for many years’ women have been risking to change the circumstances of their family and to give their children a better life.
Even if things look dark at this moment with the energy and perseverance of immigrant women we know that we will also get through this!