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Posted on 03-24-2011
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Abused and Deported: Immigrant Women Face Double Disgrace


By Pilar Marrero

this list doesn’t seem to have much effect," said Orloff.
"What we ask is that ICE is committed to ensuring that the person arrested is not the victim. Otherwise, this kind of program becomes very dangerous."
In any case, the effect is to create more fear among women of the police than of the abusers themselves, said Judy London, an attorney with Public Counsel in Los Angeles.
"Ultimately, what concerns us most is not that there are many cases of this, but that it creates fear in the community ... this has definitely damaged the trust between police and the community," said London.
In fact, as a result of cases like that of María Bolaños, some organizations that help battered women are recommending that they don’t call the police, and instead try to call someone else first.
Translated by Elena Shore
© 2011 New America Media
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