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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Latinas Condemn Provisions in Trafficking Bill

Press Release
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email:

Proposals would ban abortion coverage, dismantle birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, as the United States Senate considers the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S.178), the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) condemns provisions proposed to and included in the bill that would eliminate birthright citizenship and dramatically expand the scope of the Hyde Amendment, respectively.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH, released the following statement:

"Once again, anti-woman, anti-immigrant politicians are hijacking important legislation to push an extreme conservative agenda. It’s no secret that some politicians want to ban all abortion in the United States. Even in a bill designed to support survivors of human trafficking, they press for coverage bans that make abortion unaffordable. It's inexcusable, even more so given the high rates of sexual abuse experienced by Latina survivors of trafficking. Women, not politicians, should make our own decisions when it comes to pregnancy. This expansion of the scope of the Hyde Amendment is unacceptable.

“We also saw despicable political grandstanding today by Senator David Vitter (R-La.), who exploited this bill to attack birthright citizenship. Senator Vitter has a long history of perpetuating harmful stereotypes about immigrant women and children to further his anti-immigrant agenda and today was no different.

“We urge the Senate to stop these mean-spirited attacks on women and families and get to the work of governing. The people of this nation deserve no less.”


The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.