Sonia has worked so hard for this: a healthy family and a normal life in an average American town. But on a night that should have been like any other, she is forced to make an impossible choice that could shatter her family’s dreams forever.
Keep your daughter safe — or keep your family together?
What call would you make?
In our powerful new short film inspired by a true story, Sonia’s crisis shows why we must all support the human rights of immigrant women today. This video is the centerpiece of Breakthrough’s #ImHere campaign, an urgent and innovative call to action for the rights of immigrant women in the United States. More about #ImHere after the jump.
Produced in collaboration with over 30 partner organizations, the multi-award-winning People’s Television and starring distinguished actors from stage and screen, “The Call” is inspired by the real experiences of the brave women and families we’ve encountered in our work. “Sonia” is fictional, but her emotional story is not. No mother should have to face the choice she does. With your help, no mother will.
Please watch and share this film to say: #ImHere to put the rights of women like Sonia on the national agenda. Are you?
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The #ImHere campaign
In June 2012, President Obama announced a historic plan to help make this country safer for over one million young immigrants who have built their lives here. Now it’s time to ask: what about their mothers? Cruel U.S. laws deny immigrant women the right to protect themselves and raise safe, healthy families. Many women are forced to choose between the threat of an abusive husband and the risk of being detained or deported if they call the police (I took this from another paragraph – not sure if it’s necessary). In the first six months of 2011 alone, the U.S. deported more than 46,000 parents of American-born children. Other families – especially in states such as Arizona and Alabama — live in fear of these threats, rarely leaving home at all.
Many women are also forced to choose between the threat of an abusive husband and the risk of being detained or deported if they call the police. Pregnant mothersgive birth in shackles with federal agents by their side. Women and LGBTQ peoplesuffer in immigrant detention centers, often without due process, under the constant danger of physical and sexual abuse.
This is not the America we stand for. But together we can change it. With your help, #ImHere will make the human rights of immigrant women impossible to ignore. Join us and say “#ImHere to put the rights of immigrant women on the national agenda.
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