Legislative Reforms Needed For Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Immigrant Children Who Have Suffered Abuse, Abandonment or Neglect (June 5, 2021) [pdf]

This document is intended to be read together with and a supplement to The Violence Against Immigrant Women Act of 2012 that was introduced by Representative Jan Schakowsky on May 7, 2012 in the 112th Congress, 2nd Session, HR 5331. HR 5331 contains a myriad of legislative provisions that, if enacted as law, would dramatically improve legal protections for immigrant women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, child abandonment, child neglect or a range of other violent crimes committed against them in the United States. The statutory changes discussed in this document are needed in addition to the provisions contained in HR 5331. The proposed changes address urgent issues that immigrant survivors face and need legislative solutions for, and they address emerging needs of immigrant survivors in 2021.