At Multnomah County, we work every day to prevent and stop domestic and sexual violence. In immigrant/refugee populations, we often see that when the victim tries to leave an abusive situation, the abuser uses the fear of deportation and separation from children as a tool to control victims and keep them in abusive situations. Asylum is an important legal protection for these survivors of extreme violence.
So, I am appalled by today’s announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions closing off this escape route. This Trump Administration is enabling domestic abusers on a global scale.Singling out DV survivors sends a message that women should not seek help, that they have no option but to stay in abusive situations. Survivors are already at a disadvantage and are at risk of being sex trafficked by abusive partners.
I stand with those who comfort and protect people fleeing gender violence. And we at Multnomah County won’t stop working to end cycles of violence that devastate children and communities.