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History

1993

MUA organized its second leadership training and requested that participants sign a contract committing to participate in community organizing efforts post graduation.

MUA worked closely with other organizations at the national level to ensure legal protection of immigrant women survivors of domestic violence in the new federal Violence Against Women Act. MUA educated the public about the specific problems that undocumented immigrant survivors face and helped the public to understand how documentation status and fear of deportation leads so many immigrant women to remain trapped in abusive situations. MUA members gave testimony about their experiences and succeeded in persuading Congress to include certain exceptions and protections for immigrant women in the Act.

MUA developed its first popular theater piece that taught community members about their rights when approached by INS and presented the piece at schools, churches, and housing complexes throughout the Bay Area.

MUA worked with other immigrant groups such as Asian immigrants and other races to preserve immigrant access to City College. As a result of this campaign, City College withdrew a policy would have required students to provide their social security number.

MUA collaborated with other groups to present a day-long conference titled “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.” At the event immigrant women and community activists presented high level public officials and the media with testimonies about the violence and economic exploitations they faced.

As a follow-up project to “Teatro Bienvenidos” MUA designed its first HIV and AIDS prevention training. As a result of this project, MUA began to educate its members about the rights and needs of gay Latinos. MUA formed discussion groups called Friendship Circles where members could speak and learn about sexuality and safe sex.

MUA launched Caring Hands, an economic development project that offered training and work opportunities as home health care assistants so that immigrant women could gain greater economic independence. Twelve MUA members graduated from the first training and formed the Caring Hands Workers Association.