Immigration & Migration

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.

Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change

Date/Time: 
03/25/2011

 

Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change
Report Release and Forum

Women & Immigration: Improving Policy & Lives

Date/Time: 
02/24/2011


        


Honoring the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 45' 5.7276" N, 74° 0' 15.9588" W

Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), is an attorney, organizer, and a professor. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and co-editor of The New Urban Immigrant Workforce, (ME Sharpe, 2005).

Fekkak Mamdouh, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, is an immigrant from Morocco with over 14 years of experience in the New York City Restaurant Industry. Mamdouh was always a staunch worker advocate and his life has been profiled in the book , The Accidental American, published September 2008 by Barrett-Koehler Press.

Location

New York, NY 10001
United States
40° 45' 5.7276" N, 74° 0' 15.9588" W
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Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 42' 27.5004" N, 74° 0' 28.4796" W

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of ColorLines magazine.

A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last twenty years, Rinku has positioned ARC as the national home for media, research and activism. She has extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Over the course of her career, Rinku has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.

Rinku is the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and a Boardmember of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the Chair of the Media Consortium and sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America. Additionally, she is a Prime Movers fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

Location

New York, NY 10004
United States
40° 42' 27.5004" N, 74° 0' 28.4796" W

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 42' 15.3972" N, 74° 0' 36.5976" W

Sienna Baskin, Esq. is co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. Ms. Baskin provides non-judgmental legal education, advice and representation to sex workers on a variety of issues, including housing, criminal, employment, and immigration matters. She also assists victims of trafficking with immigration applications, family reunification, and cooperation with law enforcement. Ms. Baskin leads "Know Your Rights" workshops for sex workers in a courts and community settings and advocates for policy change on the state and federal level, educating legislatures and decision-makers about the effects of laws on sex workers. Ms. Baskin’s writings have been published on Huffington Post, the Economist, Alternet, RHReality Check, the City of New York Law Review, Research For Sex Work (forthcoming), and Wagadu; a Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies (forthcoming). Prior to joining the Sex Workers Project, Ms.

Location

New York, NY 10005
United States
40° 42' 15.3972" N, 74° 0' 36.5976" W

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
35° 5' 4.1676" N, 106° 39' 4.0932" W

Louise Lamphere is a Distinguished Professor of Anthopology Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Past President of the American Anthropological Association. During 2001-2002 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City and was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University in Fall 2007. Her first major publication was Woman, Culture and Society co-edited with Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo (1974). And her book on Navajo family life, To Run After Them: The Social and Cultural Bases of Cooperation in a Navajo Community, was published in 1977. She has studied issues of women and work for 25 years, beginning with her study of women workers in Rhode Island industry, From Working Daughters to Working Mothers (1977).

Location

Albuquerque, NM 87131Louise Lamp
United States
35° 5' 4.1676" N, 106° 39' 4.0932" W

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W

Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

Location

New York, NY 10018
United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W

President & CEO, Breakthrough

Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

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