What is the “Violence Against Women Act” (VAWA)up for renewal before the House Judiciary Committee and why it is important.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Provides
Protections for Immigrant Women and Victims of Crime

May 7, 2012

Washington D.C. – As the House Judiciary Committee prepares to consider reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), numerous questions have arisen about the important immigration provisions that help to protect victims of domestic violence, trafficking and violent crime. In response, the Immigration Policy Center releases a new fact sheet that provides basic information on the key protections: the U visa, the T visa, and self-petitioning for battered spouses.

With approximately 19 million immigrant women and girls in the United States, nearly half of the foreign-born population is female. Unfortunately, many of these immigrant women, particularly those who are unauthorized, are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Immigrant women are more likely to experience exploitation while entering the country, while working, and even within their homes.  For these and other reasons, federal law provides numerous forms of protection, including special visas, for immigrant women. 

To view the fact sheet in its entirety see:

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