Posts Tagged undocumented women

Migrant women documenting their experiences crossing the border

After years of photographing migration, freelance photographer Encarni Pindado — realizing that there was so much that her perspective as a non-migrant did not capture — began a participatory photography project. MigraZoom gives migrants crossing the border disposable cameras to document their own experience of the crossing.

After years of photographing migration, freelance photographer Encarni Pindado — realizing that there was so much that her perspective as a non-migrant did not capture — began a participatory photography project. MigraZoom gives ...

Immigrant women and allies risk arrest to demand humane immigration reform

Leisha Carrasquillo is a U.S. citizen, but her husband is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras. In June, her husband was detained and has been in ICE custody since, having devastating effects on her health and her family. Today, she is prepared to take part in an act of civil disobedience to demand an immigration reform that takes into account the needs of women and families.

In a historic action, today approximately 100 women will risk arrest by blockading the intersection outside the House of Representatives to send a message: inaction on comprehensive immigration reform that treats women and families humanely is unacceptable. The action is being organized through We Belong Together, a national campaign to bring forward the priorities of ...

Leisha Carrasquillo is a U.S. citizen, but her husband is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras. In June, her husband was detained and has been in ICE custody since, having devastating effects on her health and her family. ...

The Dream 9 are going home

Last night across my social media platforms I started seeing the news, and I am super delighted to confirm that the Dream 9 have been released and are going home!

The young activists, who crossed the border near Nogales with the purpose of entering detention to organize and demand humanitarian parole, were denied parole on humanitarian grounds but were later able to establish credible fear that returning to Mexico would result in harm or death. They were released from Eloy Detention Center late last night, and are eligible to stay in the country until their asylum hearings.

Though this is a huge victory for these young activists and the movement that supported them and demanded their release, the ...

Last night across my social media platforms I started seeing the news, and I am super delighted to confirm that the Dream 9 have been released and are going home!

The young activists, who crossed the ...

Dream 9 exposing horrifying conditions in immigration detention

Last week, the Dream 9 crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in broad daylight by a border patrol station in Nogales. Their intention was to infiltrate and organize the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, as well as to petition to return to their longtime homes in the United States on the grounds of humanitarian parole.

The action has grown into a hunger strike to protest the conditions at Eloy, a detention center that removes more than 1,000 people from the United States daily. The activists claim that their phone use was unfairly restricted and six were placed in solitary confinement. As of yesterday morning, two of these activists have been in complete isolation for over ...

Last week, the Dream 9 crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in broad daylight by a border patrol station in Nogales. Their intention was to infiltrate and organize the Eloy Detention Center in ...

Migration is beautiful. Tell your lawmakers.

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive health justice, immigration, and feminist movements in Latin America.

Human beings have been migrating for the entirety of our existence. It’s natural and inevitable and removing the immigration debate from its historical context is manipulative and misleading.

This is the basis of Migration is Beautiful, a movement of artists and activists fighting for humane immigration reform. So far, the movement has collected the signatures of over 100 artists who support it, including Alice Walker, Margaret Cho, Chuck D, Rosario Dawson, Junot Diaz, the Roots and ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive ...

The draft immigration reform bill is a mixed bag for women and LGBTQ folks

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Verónica Bayetti Flores. Verónica is the Assistant Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College. She has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color, and helped to lead social justice efforts in Wisconsin, New York City, and Texas.

In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, after much anticipation, we finally got a first draft of the immigration reform bill the Senate has been working on for the last few weeks. At 844 pages, this bill is trying to do the most, but it falls very short of the vision of justice ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Verónica Bayetti Flores. Verónica is the Assistant Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College. She has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought ...

What happens when women are “illegal”?

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive health justice, immigration, and feminist movements in Latin America.

Earlier this week, the Associated Press made the decision to drop the term “illegal immigrant” from its style guide. This is a huge step forward for immigrant rights, but the fact that such a small act is such a huge victory says a lot about how much further our country has to go to achieve even basic human rights for undocumented people. The AP may have dropped the I-Word, but plenty of major ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive ...

Watch this video on the impossible choice faced by many undocumented women

An important new campaign called #ImHere is highlighting the terrible choice millions of immigrant women face in the United States: between keeping themselves and children safe and keeping their families together. The human rights group Breakthrough made this heartwrenching video:

Click here for transcript.

Norma Ortiz, an activist and former undocumented immigrant, has a story like this. She explains:

I endured abuse by my partner, while worrying constantly about my then three-year-old son. But, because of my immigration status, I feared what would happen if I contacted the authorities. When I finally did make the decision to call, my fears turned out to be all too real.

Instead of helping us get away from my abusive partner, police arrested me. ...

An important new campaign called #ImHere is highlighting the terrible choice millions of immigrant women face in the United States: between keeping themselves and children safe and keeping their families together. The human rights group Breakthrough ...