STOP Victimizing Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
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STOP Victimizing Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

    1. Sara Dady
    2. Petition by

      Sara Dady

      Rockford, IL

House Republicans have put forward a nightmarish Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill HR 4970 that will put victims in extreme danger. They are trying to ram it through the House without debate or possibility of amendments. It strips VAWA of confidentially provisions designed to protect victims from their abusers and eliminates the possibility of legal status for U visa holders who are victims of crimes who were helpful to law enforcment. It also eliminates domestic violence training for employees adjudicating VAWA petitions. It would prevent victims of rape from applying for U visa status unless they can 1) visually identify their rapists and 2) a prosecution is filed.  This is devastating bill and we have limited time to push back. House leadership are trying to push it through by early next week. We must protect victims of domestic violence and other crimes- they don't deserve a law that will cause them more trauma.  This is more legislative bullying of women and immigrants.

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    1. HR4970 VAWA On House Floor NOW!

      Sara Dady
      Petition Organizer

      The House is debating HR4970 RIGHT NOW. Please call your Congressman NOW and tell them to oppose HR4970- even with the manager's amendment it is unacceptable and will NOT protect victims! Call the Congress switchboard at 202-456-1414 and ask for your Congressman!! CALL NOW!

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Some Progress but Much More Needed!!! Keep Signing & Calling Congress!

      Sara Dady
      Petition Organizer

      A manager's amendment has been added to HR4970. The manager’s amendment DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO PROTECT VICTIMS. It still includes ROLLBACKS of current protections for immigrant survivors and damaging NEW provisions. It continues to weaken historic confidentiality protections for the self-petitioning process; exposes victims to unnecessary delay and risks by mandating duplicative interviews for I-360 self-petitioners; requires an active/ongoing investigation or prosecution has commenced for Us; identification of perpetrator for Us; would eliminate U adjustment for many victims; and changes the categorical approach for domestic violence criminal conviction analysis in deportation proceedings. The changes proposed are not a solution. We still face serious rollbacks and damaging new immigration provisions, and the LGBTQ and Native communities are not included. We need to make sure all Congresspeople on both sides of the aisle understand: NO ROLLBACKS IN VAWA.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Please Share This Petition and Article: Immigrant Survivors of DV Need Us

      Sara Dady
      Petition Organizer

      We have 414 signatures on the petition to calling on the House of Representatives to oppose HR 4970, a bill designed to hurt immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. If this bill is passed it will put survivors in extreme danger and essentially eliminate protections for immigrant victims of crimes. Please read this compelling Op-Ed on the HR 4970 and circulate widely. We need more signatures and we need to get the word out on this horrifying bill. Thank you for raising your voice for those who have no voice!

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • sharon kallweit PORTLAND, ME
      • about 2 years ago

      The human race is splitting into two factions...those with.. and those without ...Consciousness. Empowering the violence- prone faction with even more layers of protection through twisted and convoluted laws rammed through legislative chaos, will work against all levels of our capacity to have a cohesive SOCIETY. This is greater than even the torturous individual level of mayhem, which obviously our lawmakers can't wrap their hearts or heads around.

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    • Esther Lorenz BLANDFORD, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because domestic violence is wrong and persecuting the victim is wrong and two wrongs don't make a right!

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    • Olivia McGhee FORT WORTH, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Because domestic violence needs to come to an end, no matter it occurs!

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    • Dona Playton LARAMIE, WY
      • about 2 years ago

      For 20 years I have been advocating on behalf of victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. This is personal for me.

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    • Lea McDermid ANCHORAGE, AK
      • about 2 years ago

      I am an immigration attorney and have seen first-hand how immigrant victims of domestic violence are terrified of reporting the crimes against them because they fear that their abuser will carry out the threat to have them deported if they do. This law will help abusers carry out those threats. ALL victims of domestic violence deserve protection.

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