Immigration Reform

Comprehensive immigration reform is an important issue to the NTF and its continued work to address violence against women. It is crucial to safeguard and enhance protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other abuses. Despite humanitarian provisions of U.S. immigration law intended to reduce these vulnerabilities, many obstacles to immigrant survivors' access to safety and justice still remain. 

 
 
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Statement Submitted by NTF

An NTF statement by 301 national, state, and local organizations urging U.S. House leadership to pass an immigration reform bill.

 
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how comprehensive immigration reform affects immigrant survivors

This NTF advisory highlights provisions included in the bipartisan Senate immigration bill (S. 744) which specifically enhance protections for immigrant survivors. 

 
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PRIORITY RECOMMENDATIONS by leading national experts to address violence against women in comprehensive immigration reform

While protections currently provided under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and U.S. asylum laws help some of these particularly vulnerable survivors, clarifying and strengthening these forms of protection so that no survivor falls through the cracks is urgently needed. Any comprehensive immigration reform effort must pay sharp attention to the needs of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other gender-based human rights abuses.

 
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Additional recommendations by leading national experts to address violence against women in comprehensive immigration reform

In addition to the key legislative reforms urged in the "Priority Recommendations," Congress can further protect immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other gender-based abuses in more ways.

 

Statement submitted by immigrant and victim advocacy organizations

An NTF statement by 194 national, regional, state and local immigrant and victim advocacy organizations in support of the Senate Judiciary Committee's focus in hearings on concerns of women and families in comprehensive immigration reform and reflecting American values through the immigration system.