Central American women fleeing violence experience more trauma after seeking asylum

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The number of Central American women who make difficult, often harrowing, journeys to the United States to flee domestic and gang violence is rising.

  • Laurie Cook Heffron
  • The Conversation

I’m a social science researcher and a social worker who has interviewed hundreds of women after they were detained by immigration authorities for my research about the relationship between violence against women and migration.

I find that most female asylum seekers experience trauma, abuse and violence before they cross the U.S. border seeking asylum.

What these women…

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