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Undocumented Immigrants Are Too Afraid To Report Domestic Abuse Out Of Fear Of Being Deported

Undocumented immigrants, in essence, are living in seclusion. Since the election of Donald Trump, and the increase in detainments by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), undocumented immigrants aren’t leaving their homes, aren’t going to schools, aren’t going to visit the doctor and are not seeking any kind of help, even if their life is in danger, because of their fear of being deported.

According to The New York Times, various cities with high Latino populations throughout the United States have seen a significant decrease in domestic abuse reports.

Not only are immigrants (both undocumented and documented) not calling the police on their domestic partner if they experience abuse, but they are not calling to report crimes at all.

For example, in Houston, where the Latino population continues to grow, domestic violence reports among Latinos were at 7,460 in 2016. Last year, only 6,273 domestic violence reports from Latinos were filed.

“Undocumented immigrants and even lawful immigrants are afraid to report crime,” Houston police chief, Art Acevedo, told the newspaper. “They’re seeing the headlines from across the country, where immigration agents are showing up at courthouses, trying to deport people.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), homicide is one of the leading causes of death for women aged 44 years and younger.

In 2015, homicide caused the death of 3,519 girls and women in the United States. The CDC also reports that nearly half of victims are killed by a current or former male intimate partner. Black women, followed by Latinas, have the highest rates of death by homicide.

“He told me nobody would help me, because I don’t have papers,” a 38-year-old Latina told the New York Times. “I was with him like that for a pretty long time. I felt like there was no help for me.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) surveyed police officers on the matter and found that 22 percent said immigrants were less likely in 2017 than in 2016 to call the police to file a report.

Also, 21 percent of officers said immigrant crime survivors were less likely to help in investigations when police arrived at the scene of a crime, while another 20 percent reported that they were less likely to help in post-crime scene investigations and 18 percent said immigrant crime survivors were less willing to work with prosecutors.

Last year, a transgender woman living in El Paso, Texas made national news after she reported her partner to the police for domestic abuse. During a court hearing, ICE ended up detaining her because she was undocumented.

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20 Destinations In Latin America Anthony Bourdain Visited In Order To Celebrate Culture And Cuisine

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20 Destinations In Latin America Anthony Bourdain Visited In Order To Celebrate Culture And Cuisine

Anthony Bourdain, the inspiring storyteller, chef, and author who brought world cuisine into the homes of millions of people watching from TV sets passed away on Friday. He leaves behind a legacy of sharing stories from around the world and inspiring curiosity and empathy in his viewers. In the hours after his death, many took to social media to remember the ways in which the gifted chef made his advocacy for women and immigrants part of his greatest contributions to the world.

During Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign the then-candidate vowed to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants during his presidency. At the time, Bourdain reminded voters of how much the United States depends on the contributions of undocumented immigrants. During an interview, Bourdain emphasized that the deportation of the country’s 11 million immigrants would undoubtedly disrupt the restaurant industry and cause every establishment in the US to “shut down.”

While also being a fierce advocate for immigrant, Bourdain also became enthusiast of Latin American cuisine and toured various countries during his time on his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown” as well as his Travel Channel series “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” Here’s a look at 20 destinations in Latina America Bourdain visited.

1. Colombia

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During his visit to Colombia, Bourdain explored several regions of the country including the mountains, the Caribbean coast, and the coca leaf-growing regions.

2. Peru

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During a visit to Peru, Bourdain and world-renowned chef Eric Ripert explored the Indigenous Andes in search of a rare variety of wild cocoa.

3. Cuba

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Bourdain explored Cuba’s bustling capital city of Havana, to the slower paced region of Santiago.

4. Mexico

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Bourdain traveled to Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Cuernavaca and ate with local residents who expressed their passion for food and art.

5. Brazil

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During his time on “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain toured Bahia, known as the “African heart of Brazil.” Here he showed viewers the internationally recognized form of Afro-Brazilian music and food.

6. Paraguay

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An investigation into the puzzling history of the host’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, is a springboard to his first tour of this South American country.

7. Buenos Aires

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Bourdain’s trip to meat-loving Buenos Aires featured a meal the famous Don Carlito’s and a late afternoon soccer match.

8. Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Bourdain dove into the heart of Brazil it’s baroque architecture,  hillsides and cuisine. There he ate s frango ao molho pardo (which is broiled chicken in blood sauce).

9. Puerto Rico

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Bourdain took to Puerto Rico to check out piña coladas and resorts. The chef discovered delicious food and kind people.

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10. Mexico/US Border

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During his visit to the Southwest Texas’ US. Mexican border, Bourdain visited a bar for conversation.

11. Argentina

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Tony took to “the end of the world,”  in Patagonia during his visit to the country of Argentina. 

12. Chile

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During a visit to Chile, Bourdain tasted Chile’s cuisine and reflected on topographical diversity.

13. Panama

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While traveling in Panama, Bourdain discovered the crossroad of the country’s various cultures.

14. Ecuador

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Tony explored Ecuador’s eateries and street vendors.

15. Rio

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During a visit to Brazil, Bourdain toured with his wife and learned about the art of Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian cuisine. 

16. Dominican Republic

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Bourdain took a trip to the Dominican Republic. There Bourdain tasted DR cuisine staples like empanadas, nearly frozen beer and tostones.

17. Haiti

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Tony visited the Caribbean nation of Haiti after it sustained major damage during a hurricane. 

18. Nicaragua

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Tony headed to NIcaragua where he learned about the Nicaraguan spirit and the country’s determinationto maintain its spirit.

19. Colombia

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During a visit to Colombia while doing “Parts Unkown,” Bordain explores the countries timultious past and sublime cuisine. 

20. Peru

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Anthony Bourdain is on a mission to obtain personal enlightenment.

On a mission to discover personal enlightenment, Bourdain traveled to Peru and learned of the country’s culture, rich cuisine, and spirited people.


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