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Women For Compassionate Immigration Reform

The recent momentum behind Comprehensive Immigration Reform has been missing a focus on the issues that directly affect women, girls, and families. 51% of those migrating to the U.S. are women, making immigration reform a critical issue for women's equality. To bring attention to immigration reform as a critical part in the fight for women’s equity, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, ICIRR, the Chicago Foundation for Women, Women's Business Development Center, and Women Employed came together to form Women For Compassionate Immigration Reform (WCIR). WCIR is comprised of a growing group of leaders in government, nonprofit, and business who are pushing for compassionate immigration reform that addresses the priorities of women.

WCIR held a Mother’s Day Breakfast information session about how immigration reform and women’s rights are connected. Leaders from Chicago and Illinois heard about the current state of the immigration bill and immigration as a women’s issue, and were moved by a stirring testimonial from an immigrant mother. The group will continue to work for an immigration system that prioritizes women and protects them and their families.

Fact Sheet

The host committee for the Mother’s Day Breakfast included the Honorable Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General; Honorable Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Honorable Congresswoman Robin Kelly; Honorable Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth; Honorable Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka; Honorable Senate Republican Minority Leader Christine Radogno; Honorable Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekritz; Honorable Illinois State Representative Cynthia Soto; Honorable Illinois State Representative Lisa Hernandez; Honorable Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle; Honorable Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown; Honorable Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Veronica I. Arreola, UIC Center for Research on Women & Gender; Janice Bennett, Lake County YWCA; Becky Belcore, The Woods Fund; Ami Gandhi, South Asian American Policy & Research Institute; Marissa Graciosa; Grace Hou, The Woods Fund; Ahlam Jbara, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Iris Krieg, Iris Krieg & Associates; Anne Ladky, Women Employed; Tuyet Le, Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Theresah Mah, Office of Governor Patrick Quinn; Aurie Pennick, Field Foundation; Maria Pesqueira, Mujeres Latinas en Accion; Roberta Rakove, Sinai Health Systems; Maricar Ramos, Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation; Jane Ramsey, Just Ventures; Hedy Ratner, Women's Business Development Center; Amalia Rioja, Office of Governor Patrick Quinn; Yesenia Romo, YWCA Chicago; Jan Starr, Chicago Springfield Consultants; Yesenia Sanchez, West Suburban Action Project; K. Sujata, Chicago Foundation for Women; Sylvia Sykes, Lake County Community Foundation; Laura A. Tucker, Consultant; Bernie Wong, Chinese American Service League


May 14, 2013 | 3:48 PM