Battered Immigrant Women Project

Domestic violence is a serious problem for women of all backgrounds. However, refugee and immigrant women are particularly vulnerable to certain forms of abuse, and they face unique problems in gaining protection from violence.

The Advocates for Human Rights undertook the Battered Immigrant Women Project in 2004 to identify the barriers that battered immigrant women may encounter in seeking protection, as well as models and programs that have been particularly effective in addressing the needs and concerns specific to immigrant women. 

We investigated and documented immigrant women's experiences in the Twin Cities, including their ability to access legal, medical, and other services and to gain protection from domestic abuse. We based our work on the human rights methodology we use in countries around the world to develop recommendations to protect women and end battering.

What resulted was the report, The Government Response to Domestic violence Against Refugee and Immigrant Women in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area: A Human Rights Report, dated December 10, 2004. 

We provide presentations and trainings on the findings of the report to a wide variety of government agencies.