Save Women Fleeing Violence: Stop Sessions from Violating Human Rights
For women facing domestic abuse in countries that won’t protect them – there is no path to freedom from violence.
Jeff Sessions is single-handedly diminishing the urgency of gender-based violence, by closing our borders to victims of domestic violence and disqualifying domestic violence as a valid reason for asylum. According to Sessions, domestic violence is a private matter, and state-sponsored violence will be the only violence in which the government should intervene. Sessions, in effect, seeks to narrow the definition of what qualifies for asylum, and reject women fleeing domestic abuse.
This is a violation of human rights. It puts politics above the expertise of medical professionals evaluating these cases and ignores the reality and humanity of these peoples’ lives. Sessions is taking us back decades to the inception of the Violence Against Women Act.
This is not the America we know: shutting down our borders to women fleeing unspeakable violence and irreversibly traumatizing children by separating them from their parents.
We must act NOW to stop this. It is more important now than ever to express our outrage by calling our representatives, as the American public can not and should not be silent.
Here is what you can say:
“Hi, my name is____, I’m from _____ and I’m a constituent of _____. I’m calling today to ask _____ to stand up for victims of gender-based violence, those escaping gang warfare, and LGBTQ+ people, and demand that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reverse his decision on the Matter of A-B-. Domestic violence is an issue of public urgency, NOT a private matter. Please take action now. Thank you.”
Ask your Representative what they plan to do and how you can help!