Why We Must Protect Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

By Sameera Hafiz
We Belong Together

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Over the years this month has provided us all the opportunity to reflect and refocus on the experiences of survivors of domestic violence and untangle the issue from the tired public debate: the NFL responses, the Chris Browns, and the persistent question, “why does she stay?”

#WorkAgainstViolence: Immigration-Related Violence

By Tralonne Shorter
Senior Advocacy & Policy Associate for Racial Justice and Civil Rights

Without question, immigration reform is one of the most pivotal civil rights issues of our day. Women are increasingly becoming the face of the immigrant population in the United States. They now make up 51% of the immigrant population; 100 immigrant women arrive in the United States for every 96 men. Unaccompanied child migrants fleeing violence in Central America are expected to reach 96,000 by the end of the year.

Is Racism Holding Up Immigration Reform?

By Judy Hutton
CEO, YWCA Princeton

Is racism holding up immigration reform? We will ask that question today, April 25, in Princeton, N.J., when we join 350,000 people in 1,400 cities and towns and publicly pledge to stand against racism! To think this grassroots initiative started with the women of the YWCA Trenton and Princeton! Its nationwide replication further empowers our voices!

In Princeton, we will remind our constituency to always ask WHY? Why is immigration reform being stalled? And why is affirmative action also being challenged?

Top Five on Friday: December 13

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

What does the YWCA want the most this holiday season? We’re got five things we’re hoping for — policy decisions that will help empower women, reform that will truly support racial equality, and your continued support for our local associations who are working hard in communities all over the country.

1. Although there have been considerable setbacks, passing comprehensive immigration reform that protects women and keeps families together is still possible, and there are still many activists who are continuing to beat the drum for a vote. We’d like to make sure that the momentum isn’t lost by next year, and that there’s a real chance for reform in 2014.

YWCA Madison Urges Reform

By YWCA Madison

The YWCA Madison encourages the U.S. House of Representatives to pass broad and humane national immigration reform legislation that allows immigrants to fully integrate into the nation’s social and economic fabric, with all of the rights and responsibilities entailed in full integration.

Immigrants are helping to grow the U.S. economy, not just in big cities as we’d expect. They are helping to fill labor shortages on America’s farms, starting businesses that employ U.S. workers, and developing new products.  It makes both humanitarian and economic sense to support comprehensive immigration reform.

Week Without Violence: Racial Profiling

By Qudsia Jafree
Advocacy & Policy Manager of Health and Safety, YWCA USA

Top Five on Friday – September 27

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

Beginning on September 15, National Hispanic American Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic and Latino culture and history. This week’s Top Five on Friday marks the theme for this year: “Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor.”

1. Nine undocumented immigrants made bold steps in the name of keeping their families together, openly leaving the U.S. and returning through a legal entry point in Mexico. They hope to inspire other DREAM-ers to continue the fight for immigration reform.

Photo via PolicyMic/Solidarity US

Top Five on Friday – September 13

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

Congress returned to work as of Monday of this week, and although they have a long to-do list, there are certain issues that we think it’s time to prioritize before additional sequester cuts kick in on October 1. From voting rights to immigration reform, this week’s Five on Friday covers the YWCA’s legislative concerns for our nation’s women and their families.

Visit our Action Center and let your elected officials know what your priorities are!

Immigration Reform: The Personal and the Political

By Madeline Shepherd
National Council of Jewish Women

The ongoing debate over immigration reform tends to fall into two camps: the personal and the political. The personal is advocacy that stems from personal stories, including those about families separated for a decade or more, undocumented parents of citizen children who are seized in raids and deported, and the DREAMers who graduate high school at the top of their class but cannot pursue a college degree. And then there’s the political, made up of statistics about border crossings, employment visa shortages, and how much it would “cost” the US government and American taxpayer to reform today’s broken system of welcoming newcomers.

However, these camps agree on one thing: The immigration system we’ve relied on for so long is broken. Symptoms of this include 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the US, the lengthy wait time and backlog of visa applicants, and the number of highly skilled immigrants who graduate from American colleges and universities only to be turned out to work elsewhere. Americans living at the border shouldn’t feel threatened, and neither should migrant farmworkers who carry out vital jobs that would otherwise go unfilled.

Immigration Reform – At Last?

By Kay Philips
Chair of the YWCA Pacific Region Advocacy Committee 

My first project with the YWCA was with migrant workers, some 50 years ago. I had gone to take a class at the Community YWCA in Berkeley, made possible because they had child care for my daughter. I was recruited to the Public Policy Committee and decided I wanted to research migrant workers – a public policy position coming before the YWCA Convention. I then arranged a series of speakers, from the ACLU to the Farm Bureau.

When we moved to Palo Alto, I joined the Mid-Peninsula YWCA and discovered that there was a migrant worker camp in nearby Cupertino, at Mariani’s apricot orchard.  How better to move from research to action-related to immigration issues.