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Latino Daily News

Tuesday January 29, 2013

Women Advocacy Organizations Urge for Humane Immigration Reform

Women Advocacy Organizations Urge for Humane Immigration Reform

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Today, the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights(NCIWR) and organizations concerned with women’s rights across the country released Statement of Principles on Women and Immigration Reform.

“As Congress and the White House move to reform our immigration laws, it is imperative that policymakers recognize the contributions of immigrant women and address the needs of our communities,” notes Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). González-Rojas adds, “Women’s issues have been marginalized in previous debates and discussions around immigration reform. This Statement of Principles asserts a vision for immigration reform that is inclusive of, and responsive to, the unique needs of immigrant women and their families.”

The Statement of Principles, endorsed by more than 200 local, state and national organizations representing immigrant rights, reproductive health and justice, children’s health and rights, labor and workers’ rights, civil rights, faith, and LGBT rights, calls for the inclusion of women in all aspects of immigration reform.

The statement was made in reaction to yesterday, a bipartisan committee in the Senate, which includes Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ) released its framework for immigration reform.