Women Leaders Urge Congress to Address Abuse of Women and Children Migrants

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The Congressional Women’s Working Group on Wednesay called on Congress and President Obama to protect women and children who are seeking refuge from sexual violence, abuse, and human trafficking in their home countries. Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard, joined by Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren, Judy Chu and Andrea Mercado, said the decisions Congress makes in response to the humanitarian crisis at the border could effectively result in handing women and young girls back into the hands of human traffickers and lifetimes of sexual violence.

On Thursday, We Belong Together and Amnesty International USA will rally in front of the White House urging the president to protect migrant women and children.

“The call to send women and children fleeing violence back to their deaths is simply inhumane," said Andrea Mercado. "It is un-American.”