Detention and deportation:

  • In its first three years the Obama administration deported a record 1.2 million undocumented immigrants. (link)
  • As on October 2011, 32,300 immigrants were being held in detention. 40% of them had not been convicted of a crime, nor were they awaiting criminal trial. (link)

Separation of families:

  • In the six months between January and June, 2011, the U.S. deported more than 46,000 parents of U.S.-citizen children. (link)
  • 4 million American citizens (ages 0-18) live in a household with at least one undocumented parent. (link)
  • There are at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care who are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents. (link)

Violence against women:

  • 1 out of every 4 women in the U.S. will experience some form of domestic/partner violence in their lives, and immigrant women are 3 to 6 times more likely to experience domestic violence. (link)
  • Immigrant women make up close to the entire population of domestic workers in major cities such as New York, with one study by Domestic Workers United finding that 33 percent of domestic workers in New York City experienced some form of physical or verbal abuse, often because of their race or immigration status. (link)
  • The House’s version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill (the Adams bill, H.R. 4970) that passed in the House in May 2012 rolls back protections for immigrant women who have experienced domestic violence, making it extremely difficult for them to report abuse. (link)

Sexual abuse in immigrant detention:

  • Between 2007 and 2012, at least 200 sexual assault complaints were filed in immigration detention. (Experts say these figures underrepresent actual incident, as fear of retaliation makes victims afraid to report sexual assault.) (link)

Immigrant women and the workplace:

  • In 2010, immigrant women comprised 40 percent of all immigrant business owners and 20 percent of women business owners in general. These women are now more likely to own their own business than American-born women (9 percent to 6.5 percent, respectively.) (link)
  • Without lawful permission to accept employment, undocumented immigrant women work for substandard wages, making 13.2% less than their immigrant male counterparts and 14.4% less than their female U.S.‐citizen counterparts. (link)

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