A primary goal of SEPA Mujer is to educate Latina immigrant women in all aspects of civic life; providing them with the tools and knowledge necessary to participate in the legislative process. Our trainings address topics such as; the legislative process in the United States, the history of immigration policy, human rights, development of leadership skills, and women’s rights. In addition, immigration relief for survivors of domestic violence, the women’s movement in the world, language access, etc. Upon completion of the training the leaders spend a day lobbying with elected officials in Albany. Thereafter, the leaders have many opportunities to put their newfound skills into practice during our action campaigns, press conferences, rallies & lobbying efforts
SEPA Mujer also actively participates in community outreach within the community raising awareness on issues that affect the immigrant population. We participate in community events and do presentations about our services and campaigns for agencies, libraries, organizations, etc.
Access to high quality and culturally sensitive legal services is a critical need for adults and children escaping abuse and violence. Thus our organization, strives to provide quality and adequate immigration legal services to adult immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. Our attorney offers legal services to those eligible for U Visa, T Visa, VAWA and Gender Asylum, and more, from no charge to low fees.
Additionally, SEPA Mujer understands the everyday obstacles immigrant victims of Suffolk County face; such workers rights violations in the workplace, immigration raids or a lack of language access. A lack of language access is especially concerning. This can be the determining factor for a crime victim not to call the police for help. We find this unacceptable. Thus we fiercely advocate, along with other community advocates, for interpretation and translation services for victims of crime under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Just as we strive to create advocacy pillars in our communities we strive to be one as well not only for our community but also for service providers, agencies, social workers, law enforcement, professionals who work day in and day out with our community and are not sure of what resources are available to refer to. Our phones are open to anyone who is looking for any type of help and needs guidance as to where they can call. We want to bridge the gap for our immigrant community and the resources available! We also want to create strong bridges based on communication and trust with other sister non profit organizations!