Long Islanders Rally in Patchogue in Support of Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

Photo by Samantha Pfaff.

More than one hundred Long Islanders protested outside Congressman Lee Zeldin’s office in Patchogue this afternoon in support of immigrant victim’s of domestic violence. Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision designed to end asylum eligibility for domestic violence survivors. According to rally organizer Dulce Reyes of SEPA Mujer; “Immigrant women and children are under attack…we urge swift action to save the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)!”

Jenny Chevez, a legal assistance provider at CARECEN spoke directly to the immigrants in the audience, telling them that even though Sessions disregards their rights, CARECEN and other organizations are there to listen to them and assist them. She reminded the audience that Jeff Sessions is not the final arbiter of the laws and that his opinions will be challenged.

Jenny Chevez, facing the camera.
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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.