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Ms. Foundation for Women supports Arizona immigrants

Statement of Vice President of Advocacy and Policy Deborah Jacobs

NEW YORKSept. 18, 2013— The Ms. Foundation for Women joins human rights advocates in Arizona and across the nation in objecting to Arizona Governor Brewer’s decision yesterday to bar immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses.

Among those who will be denied licenses under this policy are immigrants who have been permitted by the federal government to remain in the country for humanitarian reasons, including certain survivors of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Also excluded are the “DREAMers,” young immigrants who grew up here and have been granted permission to live and work here under one federal deferred action program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

This policy will have a devastating impact on women, including vulnerable survivors of domestic violence. By denying women’s right to drive, you jeopardize their ability to go to work and achieve financial stability, to access education and meet family obligations – such as getting children to school and doctor appointments – responsibilities disproportionately shouldered by women.


The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to eliminate barriers for every woman in the U.S. For 40 years, we have worked tirelessly to secure women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. At our core, we are advocates giving a voice to women to elevate their most pressing issues. We’re continually investing funds, time, expertise and training in more than 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide to secure a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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