On Trump’s 100th day in office, anti-violence advocates are planning a massive demonstration at the US-Mexico border to rally against US immigration policies that create high rates of sexual violence against undocumented immigrants. On April 29th, over 2,000 quilt squares created by survivors of rape and abuse, will be displayed at the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico with a project called The Monument Quilt.
WHEN: April 29th, 2017, 1-4pm
WHERE: Parque el Chamizal, Ciudad Juárez & Bowie High School, El Paso (soccer fields)
TAKE ACTION: Resist xenophonia, racism and rape culture on Trump’s 100th day in office! Click here to sign up to host a quilt making workshop. Click here to sign up for our Thunderclap and add your voice to the call for just immigration.
While the US is absorbed in a national conversation about immigrant rights, one of the most common human rights abuses perpetrated against undocumented immigrants has been pointedly left out of the conversation. According to Amnesty International Mexico, more than 70% of undocumented immigrant women experience sexual assault while migrating to the United States. Once in the US, Immigrant women are three to six times more likely to experience domestic violence than U.S. born women (We Belong Together). Anti-Black racism in the United States intensifies the impact of Xenophobia on undocumented Black immigrants. A recent study found that Black undocumented immigrants are “detained and deported at five times the rate of their presence in the undocumented immigrant community.”
Given the rapid increase in arrests and deportations during Trump’s regime, undocumented immigrants are more vulnerable to sexual and domestic violence than ever. In February, a transgender woman was arrested by ICE at a Texas courthouse while she was seeking a protective order. Abusers and perpetrators are using Trump’s oppressive policies to commit rape and abuse with impunity.
Help us advocate for policies that protect and affirm immigrant survivors. Raise awareness in your community by hosting a quilt workshop or join the twitter storm on April 29th with the schedule below. Click here to sign up to host a quilt making workshop. Click here to sign up for our Thunderclap and add your voice to the call for just immigration. We will speak our truths, and stand for the rights of all survivors.