Immigrant women hope Sheriff Hennessy will uphold due process

The historic inauguration of Vicki Hennessy as San Francisco’s first female sheriff opens a new era in city law enforcement history. But what kind of era will it be? For immigrant women in particular, the stakes have never been higher. Just after New Year’s Day, awful scenes of deportation raids rounding up mothers and young […]

All Eyes on San Francisco- No New Plantation (Jail) in San Francisco

All eyes are on San Francisco next Tuesday, December 15th as the Board of Supervisors prepare to take a historic vote on whether or not to approve the construction of a new $240 million jail. They will vote on accepting the $80 million loan from the Board of State Community Corrections and an additional $215 […]

Domestic Violence Victims Urge SF To Opt Out Of Undocumented Immigrant Custody Program

Immigrant survivors of domestic violence and their supporters gathered in San Francisco Tuesday to urge the city to opt out of a federal program that could lead to the transfer of immigrants with criminal records from local law enforcement custody to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) prioritizes individuals […]

Consider victims if policy changes

The tragic shooting of Kathryn Steinle has shaken San Francisco. In this painful time, we extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. As advocates for domestic violence survivors, we abhor violence in all of its forms. We call upon our leaders – from Capitol Hill to City Hall – to join the […]

Domestic violence activists support Avalos’ immigration ordinance

When a survivor of domestic violence faces the clenched fist of an abusive partner, a phone call to 911 can be life-saving. But what if you feared that calling for help could turn into a nightmare with a long, baseless detention in the local jail followed by a transfer to immigration authorities for deportation? For […]

CUAV’s Carolina interviewed on KPFA about SF ordinance limiting controversial federal program Secure Communities

Domestic Abuse Victims and Immigrant Rights Activists Protest “Secure Communities” Program at SF City Hall

Domestic violence survivors and immigrant rights activists rallied on the steps of San Francisco City Hall today. They were calling for an end to Secure Communities, or S-Comm, a federal deportation program that activists say discourages undocumented domestic abuse victims from filing charges for fear of being deported and separated from their families. Later, activists […]

San Francisco says no to controversial federal program Secure Communities

Translated text of the interview – to watch the interview in Spanish, clink on the link above “Univision national evening news”. Jorge Ramos: San Francisco is going to add itself very soon to a list of cities like Chicago and Washington, DC, that do not cooperate with a controversial federal immigration program. Today the supervisors […]

5 Ways to Be Safe, Supportive and Proud

Gay Pride month should be a time of celebration. But for too many queer and transgender folks, the heightened visibility that comes along with Pride can also attract unwanted attention. Across the country, recent hate crimes against members of the queer community have made national headlines. In New York City, the murder of 33-year-old Mark […]

Hate violence against the LGBTQ community: Experts weigh in on who is most at risk and who is most at fault

Tuesday the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (Facebook, Twitter) held a press conference to discuss the release of their 2012 report on hate violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-affected communities in the US.  Chai Jindasurat, NCAVP Coordinator at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, acted as moderator.  He explained the NCAVP report […]