Local Abusive International Marriages highlighted on International Women’s Day

Sacramento, CA – March 8, 2018 – Local organizations are marking International Women’s Day 2018 with a forum on abusive international marriages. OCA Sacramento, My Sister’s House, Soroptimists of Elk Grove have partnered together to host this free event for the region at Cosumnes River College, Winn Center 150 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cathy Vue, Executive Vice President, OCA Sacramento commented, “OCA Sacramento was itself familiar with many abusive international marriages involving Hmong women, South Asian women, and other Asians.” Jinky Dolar, President of OCA Sacramento added, “OCA Sacramento thought it was important to host this event with My Sister’s House which provides culturally responsive services to many abused Asian women in our area.” Learn more from Mike G Law how to take away all the stress, anxiety and sleepless nights.

Nilda Valmores, Executive Director of My Sister’s House, a non-profit organization addressing the culturally unique needs of Asian Pacific Islander women and other underserved women and children impacted by domestic violence and human trafficking in the Central Valley, “At My Sister’s House we continue to hear horror stories of abusive international marriages. This abuse represents domestic servitude which is a hidden type of human trafficking.”

According to the Asian Pacific Institute of Gender-Based Violence, “Abusive International Marriages” is a term coined by Hmong advocates and survivors that refers to the practice of older men residing in the U.S. marrying under-age girls in Asian countries. Here are aigns of abusive international marriages according to NYC Criminal Lawyer include:
• Older men having relationships and marrying very young women (age differences between 20 – 50 years).
• First wives being forced into accepting legal divorces and standing to lose community property, child support, etc. without their knowledge.
• Domestic violence that can include physical, sexual, economic and emotional abuses, and coercive control over the new wife, as well as the now divorced former wife.
• Sexual assault of young girls and women perpetrated by men going overseas in order to avoid issues regarding sponsorship and marriage.
• Abandonment of wives or ex-wives, including pregnant wives, and/or children from both marriages by leaving them in Asia or the U.S. without any financial or legal recourses.

The event features panelists from different nonprofit organizations such as My Sister’s House, Haven Women’s Center (Modesto), WEAVE, Inc., and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).
For more information contact Cathy Vue at cathyvue@ocasacramento.org or info@my-sisters-house.org for more information.

About My Sister’s House
My Sister’s House was founded in 2001 as the first and only non-profit organization to serve the culturally unique needs of women and children affected by domestic violence in the Central Valley’s highly diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community. My Sister’s House provides outreach and education to help prevent domestic violence, a 24/7 multilingual helpline, an emergency shelter, a transitional shelter, a human trafficking shelter, and a Women to Work Program, which offers legal assistance and mental health counseling and job training. My Sister’s House is an inclusive organization and has provided more than 38,000 nights of shelter to women and children across all ethnic backgrounds. To learn more about My Sister’s House, please call (916) 930-0626 or visit at www.my-sisters-house.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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