This Week in History


Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act becomes Law

October 28, 2000
Jan Schakowsky
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Jan Schakowsky is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 9th district. She is a Democrat and has served since 1999.

The Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act introduced by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky became law on October 28, 2000. This act works to assist immigrants who are victims of domestic violence by providing legal protections that can aid them in escaping violent situations and securing court protection.

Immigrant women are particularly vulnerable because they often must rely on the legal residence status of their abusers. The Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act helps immigrant victims of domestic violence take control of their lives without fear of deportation.

Jan Schakowsky was elected to represent the 9th Congressional District of Illinois in 1998 after eight years of service in the Illinois State Assembly. Throughout her political career, Schakowsky has worked for economic and social justice, sought an end to violence against women, and worked for a national investment in healthcare, public education and housing needs.

See also: Jewish Women in Politics; "Jewish Women Politicians: Progressively Passionate?" Jewesses with Attitude; Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's website.

Sources:; e-mail from Representative Schakowsky's office to JWA, March 2004.

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