According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics, an estimated 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants reside in the United States. While people may debate the economic impact of immigration, one thing is certain: everyone deserves to be protected from physical abuse of any kind. Today, 5.2 million undocumented women and their families are safer because of a new website developed by the Immigration Advocates Network and the We Belong Together campaign.
The new website, Step Forward, is designed to provide undocumented women a resource to understand their rights. Until now, undocumented women victimized by domestic abusers have not had the knowledge or support to stand up for themselves. These women, too often not going to authorities because they fear deportation and the breaking up of their family, have been made to suffer injustices that no person should be asked to endure. Fortunately, there are programs designed to help undocumented women escape injurious and dangerous situations. For example, it is important that undocumented immigrant women know there are laws in place that protect survivors and victims of domestic violence regardless of one’s immigration status. In addition to domestic abuse support, Step Forward provides information pertaining to many services and outreach programs undocumented women can access from the website.
In Pennsylvania, the Migration Policy Institute estimates there are 136,000 undocumented residents. Of that number, 44 percent are women. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that one in three women experience some form of physical abuse from an intimate partner. According to these numbers, we can estimate that nearly 20,000 undocumented women in Pennsylvania have experienced domestic violence. If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, it is imperative you get the legal representation you need to protect you and your family.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Protect the Rights of Undocumented Women Regardless of Citizenship Status
Ensuring that you have all the proper documentation to legally come to the United States and remain here once you get here can be confusing and overwhelming. Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. can help to make this process easier, less complicated and a more successful process. We understand your plight and are here to lend a helping hand. If you or a loved one is in need of legal representation for any aspect of immigration law, contact us online or call us today at 215-925-4435 for a confidential consultation.