What We Do

Immigrant Women

Immigrant women and families are the backbones of our communities, pay taxes, and contribute to our social and economic well-being.

Background

Immigrant women and families are the backbones of our communities, pay taxes, and contribute to our social and economic well-being. Immigrants have always been vital to the social, political, and economic fabric of the United States. Unfortunately, inhumane and unworkable immigration policies and practices have left millions of people living in the shadows, have left workers vulnerable to exploitation, and have made it difficult for immigrant women and families to live and thrive with health, dignity, and self-determination. It is more important than ever that common sense federal immigration reform legislation is passed, and includes certain provisions, such as: an end to enforcement policies that tear families apart; a fair, equitable, and affordable path to citizenship for all; and access to healthcare and family economic supports for all immigrant women and families, regardless of status.

Why it Matters for Latinas

The health and rights of immigrant women, including a disproportionate number of Latinas, continue to be profoundly affected by immigration status. Immigrant women are often forced to work in industries that are undervalued, underpaid, hazardous to one's health, lack basic worker protections, and offer no benefits. Not surprisingly, a majority of immigrant women do not have healthcare coverage. Furthermore, state legislatures continue to introduce legislation that would deny non-citizens’ access to basic public health programs that their tax dollars support. As a result, immigrant women are less likely to receive adequate sexual and reproductive healthcare, including cervical and breast cancer screening and treatment, family planning services, HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, accurate sex education, and culturally and linguistically competent services.

How We Fight for Justice

NLIRH fights to ensure the basic values of health, dignity, and justice in immigration policy and practices and speaks out in support of the basic human rights of immigrant women, and their families, including pregnant women, LGBTQ immigrants, and those who are being held in immigration detention.