Conferencia de Latinas en Acción discute el impacto del movimiento #AMiTambién

Continuando su dedicación para avanzar en la vida de las mujeres inmigrantes hispanas en Long Island, la organización sin fines de lucro SEPA Mujer organizó su 5ta. Conferencia Anual Latinas en Acción con el enfoque de este año en el movimiento global de justicia social #MeToo, #AMiTambién, centrado en combatir el acoso sexual de adolescentes y adultos.

La Conferencia Latinas en Acción se estableció en 2012 como una forma de unir a las mujeres hispanas en Nassau y Suffolk con la esperanza de ayudar a crear una comunidad fuerte, empoderada y activa.

El movimiento #MeToo fue fundado por Tarana Burke, una activista afroamericana de derechos civiles. Fue construido cuidadosamente para sobrevivientes de asalto sexual cuyas experiencias a menudo se borran o se dejan de lado.

Tarana Burke quería crear un movimiento para las mujeres de color de las comunidades de bajos ingresos. Sin embargo, a principios del año pasado, el movimiento #MeToo fue robado y apropiado por Hollywood, sin dejar espacio para la audiencia original de Burke.

Esta es la razón por la cual la SEPA Mujer sintió que era importante crear un espacio para inmigrantes latinas jóvenes, mayores, educadas, ricas y pobras, comer juntas y discutir qué efecto había tenido #MeToo en sus comunidades.

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Latinas urged to speak out about workplace abuse, violence

More than 80 Latinas, many of them immigrants or women with low incomes, gathered Sunday in Patchogue to say #MeToo also resonates with them.

Some of the best-known faces of the women’s movement are famous white actresses imbued with Hollywood glamour. Some of the Latinas who attended “A Mi También” — Spanish for “me too” — shared their own experiences with sexual harassment, abuse and violence in the workplace, urging others to speak out.

Martha Maffei, executive director of SEPA Mujer, the Patchogue-based Latina immigrant advocacy group that sponsored the Spanish-language conference at Temple Beth El, said Latinas relating their experiences in Spanish can have more of an impact on Latina immigrants than a celebrity speaking on television.

“When people feel an identification with someone, then they begin to talk, because they hear it’s happening to someone like them,” Maffei said. “Our [Latin American] culture connects each other. Our language connects each other. Our struggles to come to this country as immigrants also create a special connection.”

Women who lack legal immigration status are especially vulnerable, because they often fear that reporting sexual abuse will lead to deportation, and they need to know there are resources available to them, she said.

Victoria Hernandez, an outreach coordinator for SEPA Mujer, said working-class women believe they have much to lose if they speak out.

She recalled how when she worked as a server at a restaurant years ago, male customers sexually harassed and touched female servers. Women often said nothing, because they relied on tips to supplement their meager wages and feared losing their jobs if they complained. When servers reported harassment to managers, “they’d say, ‘You’re fine’ ” and refuse to approach the abusive customers, she said.

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Denying Asylum To Domestic Violence Survivors

Breastfeeding babies snatched out of their mothers’ arms. Women deported back to violent spouses after painstakingly planning their escape. Children thrown into detention facilities – more than 10,000 lie alone on cold floors, awaiting their fate. Their “crime”? Entering our borders to rebuild their lives where it’s safe.

This is America today.

It was late in the day Monday when our staff attorney Cristina came rushing into the office with heartbreaking news. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had just announced that immigrants fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence are not worthy of our protection and compassion. In an instant, the safety of dozens of women we were counseling was thrown into jeopardy.

 

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SEPA Mujer ayuda a lograr justicia para víctimas de robo de salarios

Duro golpe al abuso laboral. SEPA Mujer, organización de Long Island que defiende y ayuda a las mujeres inmigrantes latinas, anunció que dos de sus casos remitidos por sus miembros a la Procuraduría General dieron como resultado que el Fiscal General de Nueva York, Eric Schneiderman, recuperara 132,000 dólares para 23 trabajadores víctimas de robo de salarios en el restaurante Princess Diner, ubicado en la villa de Southampton.

El Fiscal General dio a conocer que el propietario de Princess Diner, Richard Bivona, se declaró culpable en el Tribunal Supremo del condado de Suffolk por un cargo de defraudación, delito clase E, y por no pagar los salarios.

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SEPA Mujer ayuda a lograr justicia para víctimas de robo de salarios

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