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.

“Building Bridges to Stop Violence Against Immigrant Women: Effective Strategies & Promising Models for Reaching and Serving Immigrant Women” (n.a.) 2004

"Building Bridges to Stop Violence Against Immigrant Women: Effective Strategies & Promising Models for Reaching and Serving Immigrant Women" (n.a.) 2004 provides information designed to enhance protection and services for immigrant
survivors of violence against women. www.cwig.albany.edu/BuildingBridges.pdf

URL: 
http://www.cwig.albany.edu/BuildingBridges.pdf

“Interviewing and Safety Planning for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence” (n.a., n.d.)

"Interviewing and Safety Planning for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence" (n.a., n.d.) discusses the best ways for advocates to communicate with battered immigrants.

URL: 
http://www.legalmomentum.org/site/DocServer/Chapter_2__Appendix.pdf?docID=2282
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“Overview of Domestic Violence and Battered Immigrant Issues” (chap 1)

"Overview of Domestic Violence and Battered Immigrant Issues" (chap 1), Leslye E. Orloff and Rachel Little,(n.d.) includes information on power and control dynamics and barriers to accessing preventative services.

URL: 
http://www.legalmomentum.org/site/DocServer/wwwChapter_1-Overview.pdf?docID=2461
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Women in Immigration Detention Facilities in Arizona

"Women in Immigration Detention Facilities in Arizona," a report on the conditions facing women in immigration detention facilities in Arizona, in collaboration with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

URL: 
http://sirow.arizona.edu/

Borders on Belonging: Gender and Immigration

"Borders on Belonging: Gender and Immigration" in Scholar and Feminist Online Articles focus on the media, theories, and interventions of activists and artists. Expands on discussions arising from the 2007 Gender and Immigration conference which drew attention to public panic, fear and the resulting marginalization and criminalization of immigrants in the U. S. and around the world.

URL: 
http://www.barnard.edu/sfonline/immigration/index.htm
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“UNSEEN PRISONERS: A Report on Women in Immigration Detention Facilities in Arizona,” January 2009.

URL: 
http://sirow.arizona.edu/

“Report Card on State Action to Combat International Trafficking.” (n.a.) 2007

U. S. Policy Advocacy Project: National Institute on State Policy on Trafficking of Women and Girls provides an information packet on state policies and a clearinghouse for the Center's work on combating trafficking of women and girls into the United States as a crucial part of its advocacy for women's human rights.

URL: 
http://www.centerwomenpolicy.org/documents/ReportCardonStateActiontoCombatInternationalTrafficking.pdf

U. S. Policy Advocacy Project: National Institute on State Policy on Trafficking of Women and Girls

U. S. Policy Advocacy Project: National Institute on State Policy on Trafficking of Women and Girls provides an information packet on state policies and a clearinghouse for the Center's work on combating trafficking of women and girls into the United States as a crucial part of its advocacy for women's human rights.

URL: 
http://www.centerwomenpolicy.org/programs/trafficking/default.asp

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Women and Poverty: The poverty rate for adult women has been substantially higher than for adult men in every year since official poverty measurement began. Legal Momentum is proposing policy solutions that will alleviate women and children’s poverty.

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Nearly 50 years after sex discrimination in employment was prohibited, women continue to be paid less, face sexual harassment, and confront barriers to hiring and promotion. These challenges are severe for women in “non-traditional” jobs. Legal Momentum works to protect the workplace rights of women, especially vulnerable populations.

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Legal Momentum has expertise and resources across a wide range of areas related to discrimination, gender equity, and gender bias. Ranging from sexual and reproductive rights and teen dating violence to gender bias in the courts, Legal Momentum continues to champion the rights of women and girls and to work to eradicate harmful stereotypes and policies shaped by bias while promoting policies and practices that reflect the realities of women’s lives, and advancing their rights under the law. 

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Women continue to hold jobs with lower salaries and fewer benefits. They face barriers to employment in job sectors from which they have long been excluded. Job training programs for both adults and students too often reinforce these trends, failing to provide women and girls with competitive skills and a path into non-traditional, well-compensated jobs.


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