Immigrant Women & State Policy

Like their native counterparts, immigrant women (defined by CWGCS as foreign-born women) experience the intersection of gender with a number of forces including age, race, culture, ability, sexuality, religion, politics, class, geography, and education, among others. In addition, immigrant women may face unique barriers that they do not share with their native counterparts. Cultural differences, English language proficiency and documentation status may intersect powerfully with gender to limit immigrant women’s access to critical resources, services and opportunities, and to render them vulnerable to workplace exploitation, violence against women and poor health outcomes.

Established in 2001, Immigrant Women and State Policy strives to advance the integration of immigrant women in society and alleviate the barriers which obstruct their full and meaningful economic, political, cultural and social participation. Through research, policy analysis and training, the program seeks to:

  • Raise awareness about the conditions which render immigrant women invisible to policy makers and which restrict their ability to access critical services and participate fully in the political, social, cultural and economic life of the nation;
  • Identify strategies that facilitate enhanced access and increased opportunities for women;
  • Mainstreaming the needs of immigrant women in the implementation of programs, and promoting the restructuring of the service systems to take into account the unique needs of immigrant women;
  • Mainstreaming the needs of immigrant women in the implementation of programs, and promoting the restructuring of the service systems to take into account the unique needs of immigrant women;
  • Facilitate the development of public policy that is responsive to the needs of immigrant women.