Posts Categorized: Legislation

Faith-based adoption agencies can reject LGBT families under new rule proposed by Trump administration

This is “extremist policy-makers” using religion to justify hurtful and hateful policies says National Organization for Women President, Toni Van Pelt. “The HHS rule has nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with intolerance and right-wing politics.”

The Time is NOW: Unlock the Future for Women and Girls in Immigration Prisons

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Immigrant families are being inhumanely locked away in horrific and immoral detention facilities in Texas and around the nation and women and girls are suffering the most. Those fleeing to the U.S. are often seeking refuge from sexual violence, assault and poverty and they deserve a fair and humane immigration process. If… Read more »

Decriminalize Prostituted People—Not Prostitution

Washington, D.C. – The Council of the District of Columbia-Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety- is considering a bill that would decriminalize those who buy and profit from the purchase of sex acts in the District.  If passed into law, this bill will provide blanket approval for the exploitative and violent activities of those… Read more »

San Diego Rally Raises the Voices of Women and Girls Detained in Immigration Prisons 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA –  Gathering near the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where a 37-year-old detainee died suspiciously just last week and sexual assault complaints have increased by 158 percent in the past year, hundreds of activists are rallying today with the National Organization for Women and our Unlock the Future partners for the humane treatment of immigrant… Read more »

San Ysidro rally focuses on treatment of immigrant women, girls at border

“The punishing conditions imposed by the Department of Homeland Security, ICE and Customs and Border Protection on immigrants at the southern border continue to threaten the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable persons,” said Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women, which organized the rally.

Kept awake by worries, Melinda Gates pledges $1 billion to women’s rights

National Organization for Women head Toni Van Pelt wrote in an email that she welcomed Gates’ investment, saying: “The more we see women in positions of power and influence, the more it will become the norm rather than the exception.”

Media Advisory- Coalition Demands: Unlock the Future for Women and Girls in Immigration Prisons 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Immigrant families are being inhumanely locked away in horrific and immoral detention facilities in Southern California and around the nation and women and girls are suffering the most. Those fleeing to the U.S. are often seeking refuge from sexual violence, assault and poverty and they deserve a fair and humane immigration process. If they are to be held in… Read more »