Every month our organization sees about 5-10 new clients. Each story is as impactful and important as the next. Most survivors have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking at some point of their lives. For some, violence has been a recurring theme in their lives. For most, it is the first time they are telling “their story” to another person. Our organization is not only a latina immigrants rights group, but it is also a transformative organization. The legal services is a tool our organization provides survivors so they may regain control over their immigration status, which is often held against them. To read about real life stories, please click here.

Client Story of the Month

 

Seleni:  “Seleni came to our organization a few months ago.  She was victim of domestic violence for over eight years.  She called the police many times, but due to lack of english, knowledge of the justice system, depression and fear she could not obtain the help she needed.  Until one day, after a severe incident of violence where she almost died, she called the police.  Her abuser was arrested and charged.  Seleni went to court many times to tell her story.  Only then was Seleni able to obtain the help and protection she needed.  She has since petitioned for a U Visa.”

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"?...

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,...

Princess Diner Owner, Manager Plead Guilty To Stealing Wages From Workers

By Cailin Riley The owner and manager of the Princess Diner in Southampton pleaded guilty last week to repeatedly failing to pay their restaurant workers and scheming to defraud them by continually lying about when they could expect to receive compensation. New York...

Immigrants whose protections are expiring should renew

A New York coalition of advocacy groups on Tuesday urged immigrants with expiring protections from deportation under DACA and TPS to renew participation in those programs as a Monday deadline nears for tens of thousands in the state. March 19 is the cutoff for...

“Justicia” para los trabajadores del Princess Diner

Gracias a la valentía de un grupo de trabajadores locales que se atrevió a denunciar el abuso laborar que estaba sucediendo en el restaurante donde trabajaban, el viernes por fin se hizo justicia dijo el Fiscal General del Estado de Nueva York Eric T. Schneiderman en...

Advocates Support Language Access Bill In Suffolk

Advocates spoke out on Tuesday at a public hearing at the Suffolk County Legislature general meeting on a proposed county law that would codify and expand a 2012 executive order that mandates language access for the county’s limited English proficient population....

Advocates in Suffolk seek better services for foreign speakers

Foreign language speakers phoning Suffolk County offices last year were hung up on, laughed at, and in the case of one participant, called a derogatory name and told to go back to her country, advocates told legislators Tuesday as they considered a bill mandating...

Leadership Academy to Empower Local Latina Women for Civic Engagement

SEPA Mujer and Riverside Rediscovered hold leadership academy to empower local Latina women for civic engagement Read...

‘Women’s values’ rallies in Huntington, Port Jefferson Station

‘Women’s values’ rallies in Huntington, Port Jefferson Station Read More... http://www.newsday.com/long-island/women-s-values-rallies-in-huntington-port-jefferson-station-1.12993518   Long Island Roar!!! Women's March Port Jefferson...

Protesters ask Sen. Flanagan to address transgender, immigrant issues

  Politicians may have been celebrating a budget deal in Albany, but a coalition of advocates was protesting in Smithtown over a host of issues they say have been left out of the political debate this session. A small group of about 20 advocates on Friday walked into...