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After her abusive husband attempted to set her on fire, Aminta Cifuentes fled for her life--she left Guatemala and sought asylum in the United States. Cifuentes and thousands of other women with similar stories are alive today because she was granted a safe haven in the U.S. away from her abuser--a practice Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, now wants to end.1
Jeff Sessions has long stood at the extreme of Trump's reckless immigration policy--he was one of Trump's cabinet members pushing him to revoke DACA, the policy that protected immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.2 Now, he thinks it's a "problem" that thousands of women and children are being granted asylum, and he's on a mission to remove sexual violence and domestic violence from the list of reasons refugees can get asylum.3
But Sessions does not have the final say. This administration has repeatedly walked back decisions that have caused national outrage--it has rescinded cabinet nominees and unpopular rule changes repeatedly.4 If a huge outcry breaks out in response to this racist, sexist, and plainly violent plan to turn away domestic and sexual violence survivors, we can stop this administration from going through with it. Will you add your name to protect women like Aminta Cifuentes?
Tell the U.S. Department of Justice: "Reject Sessions' hateful plan. Continue to grant asylum to refugees fleeing domestic and sexual violence."
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If Sessions doesn't get any pushback, he would be sending thousands of women back to potentially violent deaths. Women like Heidy, who fled from her home country on the advice of the police. They said there was nothing they could do to protect her from her abusive husband, who she reported was going to kill her at any moment.5
Or women like "L.C.," who fled Honduras with her daughter after 16 years of being beaten and raped by her husband, and after being threatened with kidnapping by a powerful gang. Now that she's building a new life in the U.S., "L.C" reports finally feeling peace and says, "I want women who came here from my country to know that they are not kitchen utensils.”6
Sessions' attempt to roll back asylum for domestic and sexual abuse survivors is part of a systematic effort to stop immigration into the U.S. and to roll back protections to curb violence against women. But as we've seen before, if we speak out loudly, we can force the administration to change course.
Will you sign this petition to help the thousands of women and children seeking asylum from abuse?
Thanks for speaking out!
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team
1. Domestic Abuse Victims Need Not Apply, Slate, March 13, 2018
2. Trump Chooses Sessions, Longtime Foe of DACA, to Announce Its Demise, The New York Times, September 5, 2017
3. Trump Administration Wants to Shut Door on Abused Women, Politico, April 17, 2018
4. Trump to Withdraw Nomination of Climate Skeptic as Top Environmental Adviser, The New York Times, February 4, 2018
Andrew Puzder withdraws labor nomination, throwing White House into more turmoil, The Washington Post February 15, 2017
Why the White House Is Withdrawing the Nominations of Its Two Worst Judicial Picks, Slate, December 13, 2017
Trump Administration Retreats on Tip-Sharing Plan in Compromise, The New York Times, March 23, 2018
National Park entrance fees will increase, but only by $5 to $10, Vox, April 13, 2018
5. Domestic violence ruling may help thousands of immigrants get asylum, Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2014
6. Trump Administration Wants to Shut Door on Abused Women, Politico, April 17, 2018