UndocuBlack Network Urges Nation to Remember Black Immigrant Women This Women's History Month
March 1, 2022
WASHINGTON – Ahead of Women’s History Month, the UndocuBlack Network today paid homage to the scores of undocumented women who have helped propel the nation, indeed the world, forward. The network urged that the needs of immigrant women, particularly Black women, be considered during this period of celebration. The organization released the following statement:
“Right now, scores of Black immigrant women, including Cameroonian women, are being exploited and abused as they await deportation to violent and unstable regions. We cannot celebrate Women’s History Month without acknowledging the plight of Black immigrant women,” said Patrice Lawrence, executive director of the UndocuBlack Network. “The America we enjoy today is made possible due to the sacrifices of immigrants, including Black women from across the diaspora. But to celebrate this history, without acknowledging the hurdles Black undocumented women continue to face is shortsighted and dangerous. If policymakers aren’t passing legislation ensuring green cards for all immigrants, they are missing a crucial opportunity to support women today and into the future.
Abuse rates among immigrant women are as high as 49.8%, almost three times the national average. Additionally, 65% of immigrant victims report some form of immigration related abuse.
“In the absence of green cards, Black immigrant women are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse,” Lawrence said. “There is no other legislative option for ameliorating the trauma and uncertainty that Black undocumented women face. The UndocuBlack Network will be organizing to ensure green cards are available to all.”