30+ Mothers on 48-Hour Hunger Fast Join Thousands in Washington, DC for Supreme Court’s DAPA Oral Arguments

April 18, 2016


B. Loewe, 773.791.4668

(Washington, DC) -- Today, more than 30 undocumented mothers who have been on a 48-hour weekend hunger fast, will join together with thousands of people from around the country to urge the Supreme Court to unfreeze DAPA during the Court’s historic oral arguments. The undocumented mothers, many of whom qualify for DAPA, have traveled from 10 different states and will be joined by members of the We Belong Together immigration campaign.

Immigration Rights Website Aimed At Undocumented Women Launches On International Women's Day

Step Forward, a new website aimed at providing roughly 5.2 million undocumented immigrant women and their families with the resources to understand their rights in the U.S., launched Tuesday, on International Women’s Day, NBC News reported. The site, which is available in both English and Spanish, is expected to keep readers updated on the status of immigration cases in the Supreme Court and inform immigrants of already-existing programs.


Undocumented women comprise more than half of immigrants in this country, and their experiences are unique. While these mujeres are celebrated for leading movements around workers, migrant, immigrant and environmental justice, they are also among the most vulnerable to abuse and immigration enforcement. Step Forward, a new website, hopes to address these challenges by ensuring that immigrant women are aware of their rights.

Immigration Rights Website Geared Toward Undocumented Women Launches

Adriana Cazorla used to live in the shadows. The 41-year-old domestic worker suffered from domestic violence at the hand of her then-husband, but felt she couldn't seek help because of her undocumented status. She was in her "lowest moment," she told NBC News through a translator, when a woman from her local YWCA approached her.

"I had been in a situation where I was suffering from domestic violence and hiding from immigration," Cazorla said. "I was afraid because I was undocumented, and this woman told me, 'You don't have to continue suffering like this. You also have rights.'"

We Belong Together and the Immigration Advocates Network Launch “Step Forward” for Immigrant Women on International Women’s Day 2016

March 8, 2016


Marzena Zukowska, marzena@domesticworkers.org, 708.990.0389
Pat Malone, pmalone@immigrationadvocates.org, 212.781.2140

Washington, DC —Today on International Women’s Day, We Belong Together and the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) launch “ Step Forward,” a new website for immigrant women and their families that provides tools, trusted resources, and the latest information needed to understand their immigration options and rights.

Women Journey to Mexico to Put Focus on Immigration During Pope Visit

For Guillermina Castellanos, the Pope's message on compassion for immigrants is personal. Though she and her nine children are U.S. citizens, the California resident said her husband has been living in the U.S. for about 20 years and has not been able to legalize his status. Every time her daughters see a police officer drive up behind them, they're afraid that their father will get pulled over and get arrested for being undocumented.

"I tell them, 'Don't be afraid. The cop won't do anything to your dad,'" Castellanos said. "But they still live with that constant fear."

Pope Francis Calls for Us to Open our Hearts to Migrants During Historic Mass in Juarez

February 19, 2016


Media Contact:Marzena Zukowska, marzena@domesticworkers.org, 708.990.0389

(El Paso, Texas) — During his afternoon mass in Ciudad, Juarez, the final stop on his visit to Mexico, Pope Francis issued an impassioned call for an end to the violence and exploitation experienced by migrants around the world.

These Women Want the Pope to Join U.S. Immigration Debate

On Feb. 16 a group of women will be gathering in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to kick off a daylong pilgrimage to El Paso, Texas, along the border between Mexico and the United States, in honor of the Pope's visit to the area on Feb. 17.

But they want to do more than greet him. They also want to draw his attention to what they see as the humanitarian crisis of refugees from Central America in the United States.