MN Coalition for Battered Women: Call/write lawmakers to protect immigrant victims
Wednesday, March 1
A message from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women:
Greetings, Advocates and Allies!
- PLEASE CALL AND EMAIL YOUR U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS TO SIGN ON TO THIS LETTER TO PROTECT IMMIGRANT VICTIMS: We are asking you to get your members of Congress who are in the House of Representatives (not Senators this time) to sign this letter: DC – LTR to ICE final. It asks immigration officials to protect the rights of immigrant victims. Here is contact information for Minnesota’s 8 members of the US House of Representatives. Here is a link to find out who represents you.
- WRITE & SAY: “Please sign on to the Demings-Rice Dear Colleague Letter, which urges the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to issue guidance making it clear to ICE personnel that victims of crimes should never have reason to fear that seeking justice in the court system could lead to detention or deportation.
- PLEASE FORWARD: Please share this with people in your networks so that they can reach out to their representatives and encourage them to sign on to this Dear Colleague letter.
BACKGROUND ON IMMIGRANT VICTIM SAFETY & NEED FOR THIS LETTER:S. Representatives Val Demings (FL-10) and Kathleen Rice (NY-04) are circulating a letter to House colleagues urging the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to issue guidance making it clear to ICE personnel that victims of crimes should never have reason to fear that seeking justice in the court system could lead to detention or deportation. Attached is the Dear Colleague letter and the press release that they issued today. Rep. Val Demings was a member of the Orlando Police Department for 27 years, and served as the Chief of Police from 2007-2011. Rep. Kathleen Rice is a former state and federal prosecutor, and the former District Attorney of Nassau County, NY.
“Domestic violence survivors, victims’ advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers agree that fear is both a tool for abusers and a barrier to victims seeking refuge and justice,” write Reps. Demings and Rice. “Unfortunately, these recent actions only encourage fear and run counter to decades of work to build relationships between law enforcement and victims of violent crime. We respectfully urge you to issue guidance making clear to ICE officers, special agents, and attorneys that victims of crimes should have no fear of seeking justice in our court systems.”Back to News & Events