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Violence Against Latina Immigrants: Citizenship, Inequality, and Community

Roberta Villalon


Caught between violent partners and the bureaucratic complications of the U.S. Immigration system, many immigrant women are particularly vulnerable to abuse. For two years, the author volunteered at a nonprofit group that offers free legal services to mostly undocumented immigrants who had been victims of abuse. The ensuing study of Latina survivors of domestic violence explores the complexities at the intersection of immigration, citizenship, and violence, and shows how inequality is perpetuated even through the well-intentioned delivery of vital services. Through archival research, participa ... More

Keywords: domestic violence, U.S. immigration system, immigrant women, abuse, vulnerability, citizenship, violence, inequality, women of color, Latina immigrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814788233
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814788233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roberta Villalon, author