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Today We Stood #4ImmigrantWomen and Got Arrested

On Thursday morning, we stood outside Congress as part of a group of 100 women leaders, and we demanded "salud, dignidad y justicia"—health, dignity and justice—for immigrant women.

On Thursday morning, we stood outside Congress as part of a group of 100 women leaders, and we demanded “salud, dignidad, y justicia”—health, dignity, and justice—for immigrant women.

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Rethinking Immigration: This Is Why the One-Year Asylum Deadline Has to Go

Aissatou tells her story.

The one-year asylum filing deadline has resulted in thousands of survivors of persecution being turned away because of an arbitrary, technical barrier.

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How Empathy Brings Us Closer to a Radical Definition of Family

As we approach mother’s day, I’m thinking about my mom and the women from Guatemala and the millions of other mothers who are undermined because of inhumane policies and practices.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I’m thinking about my mom and the women from Guatemala who cared for me when I was young and the millions of other mothers who are undermined because of inhumane policies and practices.

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Moving Immigrant Mothers Beyond Second-Class Status

As we get ready to celebrate and honor the work that mamas do every day, I am struck by the severe disconnect between what immigrant mamas need to take care of their families and our current immigration policies.

As we get ready to celebrate and honor the work that mamas do every day, I am struck by the severe disconnect between what immigrant mamas need to take care of their families and our current immigration policies.

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Immigrant Women Deserve Access to Safe Abortion Care, Not a House of Horrors

Just four months after her arrival in the U.S., Karnamaya’s 4-ft-11, 110 pound body lay dead at the clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell (above) in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood.

As immigrant women continue to seek better lives in the United States—51 percent of new immigrants are women—we cannot neglect the impact health-care policies and anti-choice legislation have on their lives.

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House Vote on Violence Against Women Act Comes on Last Day of Teen Violence Prevention Month

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today, the final day of Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today, the final day of Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. So what’s at stake for youth?

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On Her Fortieth Birthday, What Does Roe Mean for Me and Mine?

(original photo via Orlando Rob/flickr)

As a woman with privilege who has depended on the law, I am grateful for Roe. As a queer, Indo-Caribbean from an immigrant family in the Bronx, I remember that laws often require less than justice does. 

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Soy Poderosa Because of My Struggles and the Struggles of Those Before Me

Soy Poderosa because I’ve struggled. Soy Poderosa because I realized that I needed to be self motivated and independent to get by. Soy Poderosa because I developed other poderosas.

 
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Soy Poderosa: Why Millennial Latinas Lead in Texas and Beyond

As a young working professional Poderosa, as a college graduate, and as I have seen in communities across the Americas, I know first-hand intelligent and motivated Millennial Latinas achieve and overcome what some would consider insurmountable obstacles.

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Soy Poderosa Because I Can Lend My Voice in Solidarity

My cousin, who was once so hopeful about her life and her future, now felt trapped and betrayed by the American Dream and, even worse, she felt alone. I don’t know what exactly happened to me after that day, but something struck inside of me and I knew I had to do something for my cousin and for the thousands of people like her.

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