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Op-Ed: Abused Immigrant Women Forced to Keep Quiet or Else Be Deported

Published: Oct 23, 2012 9:00 am By: Norma Ortiz

"Too many immigrant women, forced into the shadows of society, have had to make the choice between protecting themselves or keeping their families together. I have had to make that choice.

I endured abuse by my partner, while worrying constantly about my then three-year-old son. But, because of my immigration status, I feared what would happen if I contacted the authorities.

When I finally did make the decision to call, my fears turned out to be all too real.

Instead of helping us get away from my abusive partner, police arrested me. I spent five days in jail, separated from my son, before authorities moved me to immigration custody and began deportation proceedings. "

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