By Alice Kenny
Hard to believe – yet true. American women make up only 4.5 percent of women in the world.
Yet they represent nearly 33-percent of the world’s female prisoners!
Worse still, the number is growing in part because of the mass detainment of impoverished and persecuted immigrant women and girls who fled to the U.S. for safety.
“Detained women are already a vulnerable population; detained children, even more so,” says Catholic Charities Immigration Staff Attorney Lorilei Williams who spoke at a Gender and Justice symposium held last week at Vera Institute in downtown Manhattan. “Many detained immigrants have no criminal history, and yet they are detained in a system that is not subject to rigorous review.”
At Catholic Charities we help girls and women who fled gangs, rapes and violence that too often dominate their homelands.
Do you need immigration help?
Call our New York State New Americans Hotline operated by Catholic Charities.
1-212-419-3737 or 1-800-566-7636 (Toll-free in NYS)