For Immigrant Survivors, the Coronavirus Pandemic is Life-Threatening in Other Ways

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As access to other critical support services dwindles, survivors of violence are more isolated and unable to seek assistance as they consider leaving violent situations. (European Parliament)

As the world adjusts to a new reality in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves in an unprecedented state of uncertainty and fear.

We are witnessing how the overwhelming gaps in our public systems put already vulnerable groups at higher risk—and this is especially true for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.

For over 20 years, we have served immigrant women and girls in the United States, and the need has never been greater to protect those fleeing violence than now.

As people are told to stay home to slow the spread of the virus, “home” can be the most dangerous place for Tahirih clients living with their abusers. During times of unusual stress, like…

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