Saturday, October 6, 2018
The New Underground Railroad? Safe House: A group of Latina women across the country have been working in secret, turning their homes into shelters for abused immigrant women
The Investigative Fund has released a report ("Safe House: A group of Latina women across the country have been working in secret, turning their homes into shelters for abused immigrant women") by Lizzie Presser. Here are the report's "Key Findings":
Latina women experience domestic violence at the same rate as white women, but for immigrants, the rate is nearly double.
Victims of domestic violence who are undocumented, or related to those who are documented, avoid shelters and mistrust the law.
In response, an underground network of Latina women have turned their homes into shelters for women on the run.
Within months of Trump’s inauguration, sexual assault reports among Latinos in Los Angeles had fallen by a quarter.
The administration has amended the U Visa, created to give victims of violence crimes a path to permanent residency: now, any applicant who is not approved will immediately be placed in deportation proceedings.