Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles of The Southern Arizona Battered Immigrant Women Project

  • Violence against anyone, regardless of immigration status, is a crime and a violation of human rights.
  • Victims of crime have a right to protection under the law regardless of immigration status.
  • Immigrants who are victims of sexual and domestic violence are especially vulnerable and are protected by law.
  • The safety of everyone in our communities is compromised if we fail to provide protection to any one group in our communities.

Protocol History and Purpose

This protocol was developed over seven years of collaborative work by the Southern Arizona Battered Immigrant Women Project. The bulk of this work involved building relationships between organizations and agencies serving immigrant women in southern Arizona and developing and implementing trainings and public awareness regarding immigrant women’s rights under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for self petition and for victims of crime (U) Visas.

The Battered Immigrant Women Task Forces in seven southern Arizona counties worked to consolidate and maintain the expertise and knowledge necessary to play an important role in developing effective mechanisms for coordinated response and support, and for training and awareness regarding battered immigrant women’s rights.

The purpose of the protocol for coordinated community response to battered immigrant women is to:

  • Create a well trained, culturally sensitive and adequate system of community, legal, and social support that will ensure the rights of battered immigrant women.
  • Increase mutual understanding between different types of service providers about their agency’s roles in effectively serving battered immigrant women.
  • Ensure that all women have access to information, legal assistance and other services.
  • Establish a framework for a consistent response to protect victims that increases the quality and consistency of services to battered immigrant women. 
  • Assist immigrant victims in a holistic manner by creating a network based on coordination, uniformity, cooperation and collaboration between all agencies.  
  • Define objectives for each participating agency in assisting the victim and her family that will ultimately support victims in attaining their goals.  
  • Develop a consistent means to communicate with immigration enforcement agencies about victim rights.

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