By Valeria Fernandez
Monday, March 15, 2010
Undocumented women with breast cancer in Arizona depend on community clinics and sliding scale fees to get services.
By WeNews Staff
Friday, September 11, 2009
Current signals indicate that immigration reform is poised to re-emerge as a major concern for lawmakers and the public. This Women's eNews series ensures that the voices of immigrant women and their advocates will be heard, with special concern for undocumented female immigrants in the United States.
Female immigrants face all the issues that confront male immigrants, including low wages, ethnic hatred and hazardous working conditions. Women are, however, also confronted by additional conditions because of their gender. Here are some examples:
Female immigrants are especially vulnerable to being battered, either by a spouse, a partner or an employer, the Family Violence Prevention Fund reports. Women who worked at a meatpacking plant raided last year in Pottsville, Iowa, reported being locked in the plant for work shifts that had no defined end. They often worked from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., and were required to tolerate sexual demands throughout the shift.
Battered immigrant women who flee their abusers may not have access to bilingual support services, financial assistance or food, the Family Violence Prevention Fund reports.
The vast majority of people trafficked into the United States are women, many destined for prostitution and all for some form of human bondage. The women, when they come to attention of local authorities, often face criminal prosecution and deportation, which deters others from seeking assistance, according to Legal Momentum.