Violence Against Immigrant Women

It has been estimated that nearly a billion women globally will be beaten, raped, mutilated or otherwise abused during their lifetimes—that is 1 in 3 women.  In some countries up to 70% of women and girls are affected by violence.  In countries with armed conflict, rape has been used as a weapon of war to intimidate and destabilize entire communities. 
Combating violence against women is a critical step toward promoting regional and global stability. Women’s rights are human rights, and all women deserve to live a life free from violence, intimidation, and fear. 
I support the expansion of protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence.  Ensuring that immigrant women are able to leave their abusers and aren’t forced to stay because of threats of deportation, or because they are afraid to come out of the shadows has been a long-time focus of mine. 
I also support a comprehensive strategy to combat violence against women and girls abroad.  The U.S. State Department needs new tools ranging from health programs and survivor services to legal reforms to promoting economic opportunities and education for women.

Legislation I’ve Introduced

International Violence Against Women Act – I introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAVA), a bill to create a comprehensive strategy to combat violence against women and girls abroad. This bill would give the U.S. State Department new tools ranging from health programs and survivor services to legal reforms in order to promote economic opportunities and education for women.  IVAWA would also increase humanitarian funding and update mechanisms for responding to emergency outbreaks of violence against women and girls.

 

More on Violence Against Immigrant Women

September 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky joined fellow U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Judy Chu (CA-27), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Zoe Lofgen (CA-19) and 167 other members of Congress today in urging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to open an immediate investigation into new whistleblower allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on women detained at the privately-run Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.

September 26, 2018 Press Release

Today Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announced changes to the Public Charge Rule:

“President Trump and his Administration are not content with simply terrorizing undocumented immigrants and the communities they live in. Their latest anti-immigrant attack sets its sights on legal, taxpaying immigrants to our country. Shame on them.

June 20, 2018 Press Release

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement after President Trump signed an order to end family separation by instituting indefinite family detention:

January 27, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement on the first anniversary of President Trump’s Muslim Ban:

January 18, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statementin advance of tonight’s vote on the Republican Continuing Resolution:

“I will be voting against the Republican resolution to barely keep our government funded for another month. I refuse to enable Republicans, who have full control of our federal government, to keep funding our government one month at a time and without addressing the most pressing crises facing our country.

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