RAKSHA’S ADVOCACY PLATFORM

We cannot support:

1.            Policies that isolate immigrant communities – documented and undocumented – due to fear of the Criminal Justice System/Law Enforcement or the Civil Legal System.

2.            Policies that reinforce local law enforcement as an arm of Homeland Security.

3.            Policies that invite communities to seek services and support from Government Entities, thus making these same communities vulnerable to backdoor policing, investigations, deportation and harassment via Homeland Security, DEA or other Government Entities.

4.            Policies that ultimately reinforce monitoring, targeting, profiling, and policing of immigrants, religious minorities, LGBTQQII and other commonly marginalized communities based on race, gender, ethnicity, ability, age, etc.  

5.            Policies that allow for tacked-on anti-immigrant addendums that undermine community safety and specifically target communities of color, LGBTQQII communities, and religious minorities.  

6.            Policies that do not consider the precarious socio-economic conditions of poor/working class immigrant families. 

For Example: The family’s dependence on immigration status and work-authorizations, the family members’ status as victim of labor exploitation, or the individual’s status as human trafficking victim ...etc.

7.            Policies that solely look at offender accountability, or solely look at victim safety without a larger look at the long-term affects on family and community. What might look like offender accountability can actually be highly unsafe, devastating, and ultimately damaging for victims dependent on socio-economic, immigration and/or other conditions.

For example:  Spouses of H-4 visa holders forced to work closely with law-enforcement to prove offender guilt...victim may fear deportation, inability to work due to language and skill sets, might lose her community, etc.

8.            Policies that limit access communities may have to social and legal services, health services, or interpretation services on the basis of their national origin, immigration status, English proficiency, sexual orientation, or religion.  

9.            Policies that force testing on marginalized communities as a condition/prerequisite for receiving other services.

10.        Policies that determine accessibility to services based on requirements to make life decisions

For Example: A woman on welfare can only have 2 children; when she gets pregnant, she must choose between abortion and welfare.  Or often, rehabilitation is a requirement for access to financial services or health assistance.

11.        Policies that limit or inhibit access to any program based on non-nuclear, non-traditional or non-legally recognized family arrangements.

For Example: A policy that would not allow same-sex couples to adopt based on status as a non-nuclear or non-traditional family.