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Barriers to Justice that Immigrant Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence have to Overcome. Presented by Elena Morales, LMSW Program Manager ¡ Sí , Se Puede ! El Centro, Inc. Women’s Access to Justice Roundtable – September 4, 2014

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barriers to justice that immigrant survivors of sexual and domestic violence have to overcome

Barriers to Justice that Immigrant Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence have to Overcome

Presented by

Elena Morales, LMSW

Program Manager

¡Sí, Se Puede! El Centro, Inc.

Women’s Access to Justice Roundtable – September 4, 2014

Sponsored by UMKC School of Law and SRE Consulado de Mexico in Kansas City

barriers survivor faced
Barriers Survivor Faced
  • Language
  • Cultural and Religious
  • Fear
  • Isolation
  • Immigrant Status/Fear of Deportation
  • Fear of Police
  • Fear of Separation from her Children
  • Economic Dependence on Abuser
  • Dangers posed by Partner’s Deportation
resources in survivor s story
Resources in Survivor’s Story
  • Personal strengths and resilience
  • Cultural and religious liberating factors
  • Coordinated Community Response: Survivor reports crime to police (abuser charged)requests help from neighborPastoralhelpMexican Consulate (help with immigration, emergency funds)ShelterMental Health Access (still a challenge)