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The Call: A Choice No Mother Should Face

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Sonia has worked so hard for this: a healthy family and a normal life in an average American town. But on a night that should have been like any other, she is forced to make an impossible choice that could shatter her family's dreams forever.

Keep your daughter safe -- or keep your family together? What call would you make?

This video is the centerpiece of Breakthrough's #ImHere campaign for immigrant women's rights. Go to www.breakthrough.tv/imhere  to learn more.

Posted October 27, 2012

 

Separation of families:

  • In the six months between January and June, 2011, the U.S. deported more than 46,000 parents of U.S.-citizen children. (link)

  • 4 million American citizens (ages 0-18) live in a household with at least one undocumented parent. (link)

  • There are at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care who are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents. (link)

Violence against women:

  • 1 out of every 4 women in the U.S. will experience some form of domestic/partner violence in their lives, and immigrant women are 3 to 6 times more likely to experience domestic violence. (link)

  • Immigrant women make up close to the entire population of domestic workers in major cities such as New York, with one study by Domestic Workers United finding that 33 percent of domestic workers in New York City experienced some form of physical or verbal abuse, often because of their race or immigration status. (link)

  • The House’s version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill (the Adams bill, H.R. 4970) that passed in the House in May 2012 rolls back protections for immigrant women who have experienced domestic violence, making it extremely difficult for them to report abuse. (link)

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