Comunicados de prensa

Comunicados de prensa

Despite herculean effort by our grassroots activists- including gathering 1,800 letters in just two days in Texas - the Senate failed to take up the Department of Defense reauthorization bill which stopped the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) (S.729) from a vote this week.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is deeply disappointed by the politicians who disregarded the desire of their constituents to give undocumented youth, who have grown up in the United States, the means to step out of the shadows, pursue education, and accomplish their goals.  NLIRH would like to applaud the efforts of Senators Harry Reid (NV) and Richard Durbin (IL) for their leadership in advocating for the DREAM Act and the millions of young people that the bill would benefit.  Educational attainment is one way that Latinas can have access to information, resources and services that will help them make informed and autonomous decisions.

We did it! Another successful Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice comes to a close.

This year, under the theme Caminamos: Justice for Immigrant Women we advocated for immigrant women's rights and for recentering gender in the immigration dialogue.

Our timing couldn't have been better. Just as the Week of Action was wrapping up, Department of Homeland Security announced they would be voiding the state contracts involved in the Secure Communities program, which effectively removes the right of states to opt out. We know how harmful this program is for immigrant women, which is why we'd been urging you all to take action and demand that Secretary Napolitano halt the program.

We'll keep up the pressure until we know that immigrant women's needs are being met.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Week of Action, and we look forward to engaging with you next year! You can see photos from our events on our facebook page.

Yesterday marked the first day of the historic judicial confirmation hearings of an extremely qualified, Latina nominee for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Honorable Sonia Sotomayor.

This upcoming Sunday, March 21, thousands of people from all over the nation will fly, drive, and walk to Washington D.C. to march for immigration reform.

March for America, organized by Reform Immigration for America, is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm with an Interfaith Prayer Service on the National Mall.

Staff from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and other members of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) will be at the event handing out posters, pins and other information. To find us, just come to the corner of 12th and Madison Street on the North side of the National Mall.

See you there, and please spread the word!

More information available at our blog.

Activists ready to rally at the Stop Stupak Day of Action on December 2, 2009

Activists ready to rally at the Stop Stupak Day of Action in Washington DC

Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska introduced his Abortion Ban Amendment on Monday December 7, 2009 and because of your outreach the Senate rejected the amendment with a vote of 54-45. The Senate heard our voices and acted accordingly to prevent our reproductive health care to be further restricted and compromised!

It's not over - there is still a lot of work to be done, and we will make sure to inform you every step of the way. With your help, we will continue to fight and advocate for the right to comprehensive reproductive health care coverage for all women.

Stay tuned for further information as the health care debate continues to unfold.

Thank you for your hard work! We couldn't have done it without you!

Bill would severely limit access to important reproductive health services for women, particularly women of color and immigrant women

January 20, 2011 (Washington, DC) -- The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP) strongly oppose H.R.3 which was introduced in the House of Representatives today.  

On October 26, 2006, the Nicaraguan Congress voted to ban ALL abortions, even those that could save the life of a woman. The Nicaraguan Congress passed the bill and President Enrique Bolaños is expected to sign it into law in order for the ban to take effect. Prison terms for seeking an abortion, or assisting a woman seeking one, can be up to 6 years. The Nicaraguan abortion ban if signed into law will have reverberating effects on Latinas’ access to reproductive healthcare here in the U.S. Why? Because we understand that it is these very obstacles that influence Latina immigrants’ perception of reproductive healthcare in the US which impede their access to the available services here.

Last week the House took a historic and courageous action and voted to pass the urgently needed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. However, the Senate is stalled because there is an insufficient number of members willing to permit a vote on the DREAM (S3992).

DREAM would allow young undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United States before they turned 16, a path to U.S. citizenship.

That's why we need you to urge your Senator to support the DREAM Act. This bill provides a much-needed route to lawful citizenship to the country many immigrant young people call home - contact your Senator today, and demand that we do this right away!

Just before its end, the Bush Administration put in place a set of regulations that would allow any employee of a health care provider to refuse to treat any individual receiving any services that would violate the employee’s moral beliefs, dramatically and unnecessarily expanding conscientious refusal protections and undermining the importance of reproductive health.

Now is the time to make your voice heard. Let Charles E. Johnson, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services know that we will not stand for scientifically inaccurate policies meant to undermine reproductive justice!