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"Educating our communities and elected officials about the needs of survivors in our local cities and towns requires year round focus. JDI is our pathway to informing and influencing the state and national agenda to end sexual and domestic violence." ~ Karen Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras. PICTURE: Staff from The Center for Hope & Healing with Attorney General Maura Healey at JDI Advocacy Day.

Thursday Rally Will Protest Attempt to Deny Public Housing to Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Vulnerable Families


WHO: Immigrant, housing, and domestic violence victim advocates and allies

WHAT:  Rally at the State House to Oppose Anti-immigrant budget amendments

WHERE: State House front steps, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

WHEN:  11 AM, Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON — On Thursday morning at 11, advocates for immigrants, affordable housing, and survivors of domestic violence will gather at the State House to give voice to broad opposition to anti-immigrant amendments such as House Amendment #525, which would exclude many tax-paying immigrants from state public housing. Among those who would be deprived of a roof are immigrant survivors of domestic violence who have not yet received immigration papers (many of whom are undocumented as a direct result of abuse), certain families who have fled persecution, and even many U.S. citizen children if not all family members have status.

"We are alarmed that the House is considering a measure that could increase homelessness among victims of domestic violence, trafficking and persecution," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. "We must inform communities of this attempt to fast-track unpopular measures without a public hearing, and let Representatives know the true impact of proposals to hurt families. The Massachusetts State House can and must do better by our hard-working, tax-paying immigrants, whatever their status. We urge legislators to reject these divisive proposals."

"At at time when the state has stood up to support implementation of administrative relief for undocumented immigrant families, initiatives such as House Amendment 525 would recklessly endanger housing stability for many of these same families, with disastrous impacts for children across the Commonwealth," said Magalis Troncoso, Senior Organizer at the Boston Tenant Coalition.

“Protections for immigrant victims of sexual and domestic violence have been well established through provisions of the Violence Against Women Act, but processes to secure status are lengthy," said Maureen Gallagher, Policy Director at Jane Doe Inc. "Eliminating access to safe and stable housing for these survivors as they await their documents contributes to the re-traumatization and destabilization of families and increases the likelihood survivors will feel they have no option but to stay with, or return to, abusers.”

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