Women’s Group Blasts Sessions’ Plan to Block Survivors of Domestic Violence From Seeking Asylum


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Women’s Group Blasts Sessions’ Plan to Block Survivors of Domestic Violence From Seeking Asylum

UltraViolet Has Gathered Over 24K Signatures on a Petition Demanding the Trump Administration Reverse Course on Sessions’ ‘Racist, Sexist’ Plan

As part of an anti-immigration agenda led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration is trying to end the practice of granting asylum to domestic and sexual violence survivors. Sessions has been leading an effort since January to no longer allow abuse to be a legal justification for asylum.

Nita Chaudhary, Co-founder of UltraViolet, issued the following statement in response:

“Leave it to none other than Jeff Sessions to spend months attempting to end asylum for refugee survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

“Given that the Trump Administration is filled to the brim with domestic abusers and led by a sexual predator, Sessions’ cruel mission to make asylum impossible for domestic and sexual violence survivors is not shocking in the least. It’s a perfect opportunity to wage war on both women and immigrants at the same time—a new low in their hateful agenda.

“UltraViolet stands with every survivor of domestic and sexual violence, no matter what side of the border they’re on. That’s why we demand the Trump Administration put an end to this racist, sexist and plainly violent plan to turn away domestic and sexual violence survivors.”

UltraViolet launched a petition calling on the Trump Administration to reverse course on the change to asylum practices in the United States. The petition has garnered over 24,000 signatures and counting.

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UltraViolet is an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at weareultraviolet.org.