Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Congress needs to save immigrant women from harm

Thursday, June 14, 2012

By Betty M. Song and Amy Woo Lee

The Progressive

Congress needs to pass a version of the Violence Against Women Act that fully protects immigrant women who fall victim to domestic violence.

Consider what happens to thousands of undocumented domestic violence victims now residing in this country, such as Joon, whose name we have changed to protect her identity. But she is a real person. She was our client at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles.

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