Council Member Carlos Menchaca addresses advocates and community members at City Hall Photo credit: The Legal Aid Society/Spencer Gallop

New York, NY (February 19, 2020) – Last week immigrant rights advocates and allies rallied on the steps of New York City Hall in support of immigrant women seeking refuge. The rally was followed by a hearing before the City Council Immigration Committee to consider a bold resolution introduced by Council Member and Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca. Council Member Menchaca’s resolution calls for the reversal of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Matter of A-B- ruling and the restoration of asylum protections for survivors of domestic violence and gang brutality. Rally highlights were captured by The Legal Aid Society.

The Immigration Committee heard testimony from a strong coalition of community members and advocates from organizations including African Services Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Bronx Legal Services, Catholic Migration Services, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Central American Legal Assistance, Her Justice, Human Rights First, The Legal Aid Society of New York, New Sanctuary Coalition, New York City Anti-Violence Project, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Sanctuary for Families, and UnLocal.

The Immigrant Women Too campaign applauds Council Member Menchaca for bringing this issue before the Committee and standing with immigrant women in New York City. We are deeply grateful for the Immigration Committee’s support and urge the Council to pass Council Member Menchaca’s resolution.