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Urgent: Battered Women Deportation Hrngs Tues & Wed

Please take the time to send a few emails, stick up for people who need support in their struggles.
Rosario Munoz and Maria Suarez, who have been incarcerated in California for 15 and 22 years, respectively, have been approved for parole by Gov. Schwarzenegger after Gov. Davis reversed several parole board decisions for each to be released.  Both are now facing deportation to Mexico, away from their support networks here in the US. Rosario was imprisoned in 1987 for accidentally killing her husband's lover, after 14 years of being abused by her husband. Maria was imprisoned in 1981 for involvement in the murder of a man who bought her for $200 at the age of 16 and abused her for 5 years. Rosario's INS hearing is on January 27 and Maria's is on January 28. See their support pages at www.freerosariomunoz.org and www.womaninprison.org

Info from The Southern-California Press-Enterprise, 12.14.03/ freebatteredwomen.org

To support Rosario Munoz, please write a letter to Judge D.D. Sitgrave asking her to allow Rosario to be paroled in the U.S. You can mail email ( freerosariomunoz@att.net) them to her support campaign to be placed in her file.

To support Maria Suarez send an email to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ( governor@governor.ca.gov) and ask that he consider giving Maria Suarez an unconditional pardon.

Please also cut and past a version of your email to CA Senator Feinstein urger her intervention via
 http://www.senate.gov/~feinstein/email.html
Likewise to Senator Boxer via
 http://www.senate.gov/~boxer/contact/webform.cfm



Here are some good links:
freebatteredwomen.org (California Coalition for Women Prisoners)
www.freerosariomunoz.org (Rosario Munoz)
www.womaninprison.org (Maria Suarez)
piece of shit country 25.Jan.2004 23:29

Uncle oSAMa

What kind of inhumane, piece-of-shit country would seek to victimize these women again, after all they've gone through, simply because they had the ill fortune to find themselves exploited by vicious sex abusers? I guess we all know which one that would be.

attempt at a flier 25.Jan.2004 23:49

repost

Hopefully this will be something people can print up, cut up and increase the comments that hit the state.

Immigration reform needed 26.Jan.2004 13:36

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This post really highlights a little-known problem in immigration law. For those of you who don't know, the only way for someone to gain permanent US residency at present is if a legal resident or US citizen petitions on their behalf-- spouse, adult child, or parent. In the case of a spouse petitioning, the agency or lawyer who takes the case represents both spouses and therefore, legally, must have the interests of both in mind. In order to gain legal permanent residency, a marriage must be proven to be valid and last at least three years from when the person receives conditional residency. At the end of three years, the couple has an appointment with the INS to prove they are still married and the condition is removed from the residency.

If the couple divorces before then, things become much more complicated and one or both of the pair needs to prove that they entered the marriage with the goal of staying married, but that it just didn't work out. Naturally, the INS wants to prevent people from getting married just to get someone a green card.

However, in the case of an abusive relationship, the abused person can divorce and still receive protection from deportation and eventually receive permanent residency, even if the marriage did not last three years.

In an attorney-client relationship, however, the attorney has to represent both the husband and wife and therefore does not legally have the right to tell the abused partner about this right unless that person asks about it. This means that there are surely many more immigrants out there who have stayed married to abusive partners to get their green cards, unaware that they could in fact have divorced them.

Thus, the call for immigration reform continues to be vital in the cases of these women who can so easily become victims of a system that keeps them ignorant of their rights.

Hearings Delayed 01.Feb.2004 23:12

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Both hearings have been delayed, so please keep writing. Rosario's is not scheduled yet. Maria's is on Feb. 25, but it has been postponed a couple of times already and could be again.