Welcome to the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights!

The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) is comprised of grassroots and national advocacy organizations working together to defend and promote equality for all immigrant women and their families living and working in the United States.  Find out more.


March 18, 2011: 5 Anti-Immigration Bills Fail in Arizona

The AP reports that the “Arizona Senate soundly defeated five bills aimed at illegal immigration on Thursday in a marked departure from last year, when enactment of a tough local enforcement measure put the state at the heart of a fierce national debate over the issue. Majority Republicans were split over the bills, which included two measures intended to force a United States Supreme Court ruling against automatic citizenship for American-born children of illegal immigrants. ‘It’s time for us to take a timeout,’ said Senator John McComish, a Phoenix Republican. ‘It’s something that the people don’t want us to be focusing on.’ Critics also said the bills were overreaching and flawed. Supporters voiced frustration and said there could be political fallout for lawmakers who voted against them. One of the bills would have required hospitals to report people who lack insurance and cannot demonstrate legal status. Another would require schools to report on enrollments of illegal immigrant students. The fifth would have made it a crime for illegal immigrants to drive in Arizona.

February 17, 2011: Tell the White House what YOU think!

(From our friends at New America Media)

For the first time ever, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is releasing government agency plans online for public comment and feedback. The open comment period is open to everyone and aims to increase the access of the AAPI community and all minority groups to the administration.

We are especially urging our ethnic media partners, as a sector with a critical role in shaping public policy, to participate by reviewing  these plans and sending your feedback to these government agencies. (More details on this easy process are below.)

We also ask you to reach out to your readers, listeners and viewers, letting them know of the importance of making their voices heard on public policies that impact all of our communities.

NAM would like to offer you a banner/button that you can post on your website to encourage your audiences to participate in this critical effort.

The button/banner proclaims: “Tell the White House What YOU Think! ” and is available in different sizes (and can be foundhere). The button/banners links to this page that provides all the information about how your audiences can send their feedback to government agencies. We will making the button/banners available in a variety of languages, and will notify you as they become available. (If you have problems or questions about the button/banners, please contact Jaski Singh via emailor at 415-503-4170.

For everyone, here’s how you can tell the White House what YOU think:
View the government agencies’ plans and send your comments or feedback to: Please be sure to let them know which agency plan upon which you are commenting.

This is the timely part of this note… you need to take action now!

The deadline for eleven federal agencies’ plans is February 17. The deadline for two other plans is Saturday, Feb. 26.

More government agencies will release their 2011 plans online for public comments on a rolling basis through the end of February. Check in with New America Media to find out when the next government plans will be released. Our webpage will have that updated information on it.

January 7, 2011: Anti-immigrant lawmakers ramp up attacks on families

“anchor babies”

“alien invaders”

“lawless destructive anarchy of invasion”

These are just a few of the derogatory phrases being used to describe women and their children by anti-immigrant state lawmakers at a press conference in the nation’s Capitol. We attended the press conference and noted the absence of any acknowledgment of the role immigrants have played in our communities, helping to shape the very fabric of America.   Instead, it was a show of legislative tricks and scapegoating of vulnerable populations.  Read more.

January 5, 2011: Defending Our Children and Families

National leaders in the movement for women’s rights and equality are denouncing the dehumanizing anti-immigrant rhetoric and unjust attacks on basic human rights, including citizenship. Anti-immigrant lawmakers and groups have prioritized targeting the children of immigrants, despite constitutional protections under the 14th amendment.

Read our press release here and find out more.

November 2010: Protect the 14th Amendment Campaign!

The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” This right, called “birthright citizenship” has become increasingly under attack by anti-immigrant groups.

NCIWR is interested in working with our members, partners, allies, and other immigrant rights advocates to counter the campaign to attack Birthright Citizenship. Please contact us if you want to partner with in developing a strategy!

April 28, 2010: Protect our Families from Immigration Bias and Stigma

National leaders in the movement for women’s rights and equality are condemning Arizona’s new law that promotes stigma, bias, and blatant profiling of women immigrants.  We call on women’s rights supporters everywhere to oppose this new law, and we commend President Barack Obama and Senate leadership for continuing to support the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Read more.

March 21, 2010: March Activists Call for Family-Friendly Immigration Policies, Labor Protections and Health Care Reforms for Nation’s Immigrant Women

“Throughout history, immigrant women have been the cornerstones of this nation. They work in our hospitals, stores, and restaurants in hopes of building a better life for their families and future generations,” said Maria Robalino, Assistant to the Director of Immigration at SEIU. “ It’s time for policy makers to live up to the American promise and create worker protections that include immigrants.”  Read more.


January 2010: SEIU joins Steering Committee

We are happy to announce that Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), has joined our Steering committee.  SEIU will be represented by Maria Robalino, Assistant to the Director of Immigration.  Maria brings to the table her commitment and more than eight years of experience in the legislative advocacy and field mobilization work for social and economic justice issues and immigrant rights. SEIU aims to achieve respect, better jobs to support workers’ families and to give worker’s children a better future.  SEIU, the fastest-growing union in North America, is an organization of more than 2.2 million members who are more than half women and who work in Healthcare, Property and Public Services sectors. SEIU members are united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.


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