March 22, 2012
Together, we are a diverse group of women leaders representing national advocacy communities. We represent faith-based, legal, human rights, worker rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, children advocate and reproductive justice organizations. We have traveled from throughout the country to come together with our sisters here in Birmingham, Alabama – the battleground of the civil rights movement – to bear witness to the impact of the harshest anti-immigrant law in the US – HB56.
In June 2011, a new immigration enforcement law went into effect in the state of Alabama. HB 56 is the harshest copycat version of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 in the United States. In response to this law, seventeen women leaders from various women, children advocacy, worker rights, immigrant rights, and human rights organizations around the country formed the We Belong Together initiative to Birmingham to bear witness to the impact of these laws on women and children. The delegation heard powerful and moving testimonies from women who have been affected by this draconian law.
November 22, 2011
“Papers Please” Law Harms Women and their Families
On September 29th, while women leaders from around the country traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to draw attention to the harsh impact that HB87, Georgia’s “Paper’s Please” law, has on women and children, the Governor of Alabama signed its own copycat law, HB56. This draconian, anti-immigrant law is the strictest anti-immigrant law in the states and has had immediate, dangerous consequences for families living and working in Alabama.
November 7, 2011
Announcing our new campaign A Wish for the Holidays, to collect 5,000 letters from children to President Obama and Congress, asking for one simple wish: to end deportations and detentions that tear families apart.
November 2, 2011
Groundbreaking National Report by the Applied Research Center Releases First Data on the Intersection Of Immigration Enforcement And Child Welfare Systems
October 21, 2011
The second "We Belong Together" delegation has released a report about our experiences traveling to Georgia to hear the real stories of the women and children affected by anti-immigrant legislation. Download the report here.
October 11, 2011
By Julia Preston in the New York Times, September 20 2011
Children whose parents are illegal immigrants or who lack legal status themselves face “uniformly negative” effects on their social development from early childhood until they become adults, according to a study by four researchers published Wednesday in the Harvard Educational Review.
September 29, 2011
We are a diverse group of women leaders from around the country. We are activists, journalists, scholars, and advocates who work on behalf of women, workers, immigrants, children, survivors of violence, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals. We have come to Georgia as part of the We Belong Together Delegation for Immigrant Rights in order to bear witness to the experiences of women and children in the aftermath of the passage of HB 87.