Globalization, Human Rights & Security

Worldwide, there are more than 190 million migrants living outside their countries of origin, nearly half of them women. Women may migrate out of choice but they are usually driven by necessity: poverty, conflict, domestic violence, natural disaster or oppressive political or cultural conditions. In North America, immigrant women have outnumbered immigrant men since 1930, yet their progress in education, income and status has lagged and policymakers have often overlooked their unique challenges and contributions. For instance, although they occupy lower-wage jobs, immigrant women send a much higher proportion of their earnings to their home countries than do immigrant men. Compared to non-immigrant women, immigrant women face higher rates of unemployment and are much more likely to live in poverty and suffer abuse or discrimination.

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December 17, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird The Migration Policy Institute just published a spotlight on immigrant women. It includes the latest...
February 19, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird According to the U.S. State Department, 800,000 people were trafficked across national borders in...
January 29, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird FACT: “A growing number of people who have been persecuted for being transgender or transsexual...
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January 6, 2009 posted by  Linda Basch As we start off with our New Year’s Resolutions for the nation, I begin with an inspiring...

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  • September 7, 2010

    Mother Jones: The Border Patrol is the second largest police agency in the country after the New York City Police Department, and the rapid growth in numbers has seen an exponential increase in the number of sexual assault and abuse cases against...


  • July 29, 2010

    Nation: With the rise in anti-immigrant sentiment, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, is pushing for leigslation that would allow Arizona "to refuse to accept or issue a birth certificate that recognizes citizenship to those born to illegal...


  • July 15, 2010

    New York Times: Women in Guatemala make up about 15% of murder victims, in a country which has a murder rate of about 49 per 100,000 inhabitants.  A federal court is now considering political asylum claims from a Guatemalan woman who claims that...


  • July 13, 2010

    CNN: Because of the high rates of femicide in their home counties, Guatemalean women may be able to seek asylum in the United States.  The women face an uphill battle and will have to prove that their lives are in danger, that the systematic...


  • July 6, 2010

    WeNews:  Central American women who pass through Mexico on the way to the United States are often subjected to sexual assault and other forms of violence.  Although Mexico offers access to humanitarian visas for migrant victims of violence,...