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Community workshop to address violence against immigrant women

The Center for Immigrants' Rights at Penn State Law and the Centre County Women's Resource Center Civil Legal Representation Project are teaming up to host “Shining the Light on Violence Against Immigrant Women” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Schlow Centre Regional Library. The public is welcome to this event, which will be a dialogue on the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault in the immigrant community.

The workshop will offer community leaders, victims and attorneys the opportunity to learn about unique barriers faced by immigrant victims of domestic violence and abuse and learn about the services available at the CCWRC. "In the wake of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and growing curiosity about immigration policy, I hope this workshop dispels myths about the law and sharpens the community's understanding about where specific remedies for victims fit into the overall immigration debate," said Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, a professor at Penn State Law and director of the Center for Immigrants Rights.   

The workshop is not the first collaboration between the organizations; last summer, the Centre County Women’s Resource Center’s Civil Representation Project and the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights published “Immigration Relief for Victims of Abuse and Domestic Violence,” a toolkit to help practitioners in representing immigrant victims of domestic abuse.

Free parking is available outside of Schlow Library; refreshments will be provided. RSVP  by sending an email to with your name and affiliation. 


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