By Chantal Da Silva, Newsweek
Under the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration, immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault say they are too afraid to turn to police or go to court for help over fears they could be deported, a new report warns.
According to a nationwide survey carried out in May by the Tahirih Justice Center, more than 76 percent of advocates and attorneys reported that immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault had expressed concerns about contacting police for help.
Meanwhile, three out of four advocates said immigrant survivors had expressed concerns about going to court for a matter related to their alleged abuser.
The advocates and attorneys reported that survivors said they had an increased fear of deportation and being separated from their children, as well as potentially facing retaliation from their abusers.
Image: A screenshot from the May 2019 Advocate Survey, Tahirih Justice Center.