The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation believes that all individuals, regardless of background, socioeconomic standing, or citizenship status, should have equal opportunities to thrive in their communities, with a guarantee of human rights and access to justice. Due to numerous executive orders passed by the current United States administration, immigrants in the United States are highly susceptible to “fast-track deportation” and unfair detention measures. From 2008 to 2012, the population of undocumented immigrants within the United States was 11.4 million, 46 percent of which were women.1
Immigrant women, especially those who are undocumented, face unique barriers. For immigrant women, detainment, deportation, or unlawful treatment could lead to separation from their children or dependent family members, for whom they are the primary caregivers. They often do not have access to legal counseling or resources that would protect them from Immigration Services, such as bilingual assistance or certified court interpreters. Immigrant women who are survivors of relationship abuse and sexual assault face additional hardships. Abusive partners are often the only pathway to citizenship those survivors and often use this as a control tactic.
The possibility of deportation and other consequences, such as detainment, make immigrant women less likely to report crimes of domestic and sexual violence. A report by the Human Rights Watch, January 2017, states “the involvement of local police in immigration enforcement has caused immigrant victims of crime, including violent crimes such as rape, to fear reporting those crimes to the police.”2 Due to a change in law enforcement practices that historically did not report survivors of relationship abuse to ICE, immigrant women are often forced to choose between a hostile government and an abusive situation.
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation seeks to relieve the pressures and roadblocks immigrant women are currently experiencing by providing funding to support nonprofit organizations that 1) provide legal assistance for women seeking citizenship, 2) advocate for women who have been detained and/or 3) specifically advocate for policies, practices, and laws that allow immigrant women to safely report relationship abuse and sexual violence. The Foundation is also seeking to fund organizations with a focus on aiding immigrant women in migrant worker positions and residing in rural areas.
What We Look For
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support programs and initiatives that incorporate the following components through existing guidelines:
Please note: The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is not afraid of the word feminism! We encourage you to openly discuss your feminist programming, goals, or approach.
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