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Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law





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[panelist] I feel like I have gone on a trip down memory lane. I want to take us back in time to give you an idea of what it looked like for immigrant women, women of color, and underserved communities in 1994, in terms of access to services and assistance for domestic violence and sexual assault. In those days there were very few programs-and we could probably count them on two, maybe four hands nationally-that were working specifically and had expertise working with immigrant victims, non-English-speaking victims, and women of color victims. Those programs were isolated from each other. In 1994 I was working as a family lawyer at a program I helped found-AYUDA, a legal services agency serving the immigrant community in Washington, D.C. Janet Calvo was working with battered immigrants at CUNY Law School in New York, and in San Francisco the group of attorneys working will immigrant victims included Bill Tamayo at the Asian Law Caucus and Deeana Jang at the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation. Leni Matin and Debbie Lee at the Family Violence Prevention Fund teamed up with Martha Davis at Legal Momentum to bring us all together for a meeting to plan the first national conference on immigrant and refugee women's rights that was held in Berkeley, California in 1991. This conference was the first effort nationally to bring together those of us working with immigrant populations and refugee populations.



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