Immigrant Rights


NAPAWF believes that a race and gender analysis is critical to the development of fair and just immigration reform and immigration-related policies. As policy makers and advocates continue to push for reforms to the U.S. immigration system, few have considered the impact these policies may have on immigrant women. Immigrant women are more likely than U.S. born women to live in poverty, be unemployed and lack health insurance. Accordingly, NAPAWF is committed advocating on the issue of immigrant rights and API women.

» Take action to support each other. Show solidarity with one another and other AAPI immigrants and targeted immigrants of color. Show up for immigrant rights by clicking here.

» Movement Building

  • NAPAWF and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA),  along with with the participation of women’s organizations, immigrant rights groups, children, and families across the country have formed the We Belong Together initiative.  We Belong Together is a campaign to mobilize women in support of common-sense immigration reform that will keep families together and empower women. Immigration reform is rarely thought of as a women’s issue, but in fact it is central to the fight for women’s equality. Millions of immigrant women who are part of the fabric of our communities, workplaces, and schools are blocked from achieving their full potential because of a broken immigration system. They perform essential jobs, like taking care of our children and our aging parents, and are central to family and community well-being.

            For information about administrative relief click here.

            For information about our past campaign work click here.

  • As a convener and co-chair of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR), we currently engage in cross-movement building work by fostering relationships and developing policy strategies among reproductive rights/justice, women’s rights and immigrant rights organizations on the federal, state and local levels.

» Read Turning the Page on U.S. Immigration Policy: Immigration and Asian American Women and Families, our report highlighting the experiences and needs of the Asian American community, which is caught up in an outdated and unjust immigration system. The face of immigration today is increasingly female and Asian. This report also provides analysis, demographics, and real-life stories showing the impact of failed immigration policies on Asian American women and families.

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