Statements of Support and in Response
Published: July 22, 2021
We are deeply disappointed that a Federal District Court Judge in Texas
declared the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program unlawful
and imposed new limitations. Effective immediately, the court's decision
prohibits United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from
approving any new DACA applications. Individuals currently in the program will
keep their protections, and pending renewal applications will be
As advocates for victims of crime, we believe violence of any kind is
unacceptable and have an obligation to call out the violent and cruel behavior
of individuals and systems against Black, Brown and historically marginalized
people across Iowa and the nation. This includes roadblocks to a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented community.
Established in 2012 by former President Barack Obama, DACA allows teens over 16 and adults younger than 30 who were brought to the U.S. when they were children to work and study without fear of deportation. Since then, DACA has brought critical benefits to Iowa, where more than 5,500 DREAMERS have been able to pursue degrees in higher education and employment opportunities that allow local communities and economies to thrive. Restrictions to DACA directly impact opportunities for growth and prosperity across Iowa and the U.S., and that is harmful to everyone.
We call on all Iowans, organizations, and congressional leaders to support DREAMERS, protect DACA and advocate for pathways to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented individuals in this country. It is imperative that we use our collective strength to advocate for the development of programs and policies that protect everyone.
ICADV Staff and Board of Directors
Published: May 20, 2021
We are deeply disappointed Iowa legislators advanced a resolution, HJR 5, to
amend the state’s constitution to say that Iowa does not secure or protect the
right to an abortion or public funding of abortion. Reproductive health services
are an essential component of routine medical care for all women, and victims
of violent crimes – domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking – have
an acute need for timely access to the full range of reproductive health services,
including abortion care. Restricting access to health care impacts all women
but also exacerbate disparities in access to care in Iowa that disproportionately
impact low-income women, especially Black, Indigenous and Women of Color.
As the state’s leading voice against intimate partner violence, we represent the collective experience of people who dedicate their lives to serving victims of violent crime. Approximately 1 in 4 women experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, and most first violent experiences occur before age 25. Reproductive coercion is an element of domestic violence that occurs when a male partner uses intimidation, threats or violence to impose his intentions upon a woman’s reproductive autonomy. This includes sabotaging contraception and coercing a woman to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy against her will.
Restricting and ultimately prohibiting access to abortion is harmful to women’s health and will not stop women from needing or obtaining an abortion. These policies have a far greater impact on the safety of health services women receive than whether women choose to terminate a pregnancy. And for victims of domestic and sexual violence – this bill negatively impacts their options for safety
Iowa service providers report that overcoming barriers to accessing abortion care increases a survivor’s risk for harm from an abusive partner. Without access to abortion care, many women return to abusive relationships they would otherwise leave and carry unintended pregnancies to term at great risk to themselves and other children.
Unintended pregnancy is the primary reason women seek abortion care. It also doubles the risk for domestic abuse during pregnancy. And, regardless of the prevalence of domestic violence, homicide by a spouse or intimate partner is the number one cause of death for pregnant women.
After a year that has challenged us all and created new hurdles to safety and self-determination for survivors of violent crime, we need to work together to dismantle barriers to services for all Iowans. Crime victims have an acute need for timely access to services that enhance safety and healing, including food security, housing and healthcare. Our end goal is not only for individuals to reach safety; it is for individuals to have the ability to determine their own futures and have access to the services that would make this possible.
ICADV Staff and Board of Directors
Standing in Solidarity with the Black Community
Published: April 21, 2021
The verdict came in yesterday: Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three
counts in the murder of George Floyd. We recognize this conviction is a small
step in a larger picture of real systemic change and justice, specifically for
Black and Brown people. We are sending love to George Floyd’s family and all
the families that continue to be impacted by police brutality and violence.
We will continue to be in solidarity with the Black community and take action
in calling out and pushing back against white supremacy, racism, xenophobia
and oppression against communities of color. We commit to working towards a
future that lessens our reliance on the criminal legal system and supports
community-based alternatives. We will work to create and support the
conditions that truly honor the value and dignity of people of color and the
freedom for all of us to thrive.
Our collective efforts must focus on investing in communities and uplifting those directly experiencing state and other forms of violence, especially Black, trans, disabled, immigrant, poor people and families who continue to be harmed.
ICADV Staff and Board of Directors
Published: July 8, 2020
This is a moment of reckoning. The murder of George Floyd broke the
collective heart of this country, and now, finally, millions of people are saying
their names: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery
- an endless list of Black Lives stolen at the hands and knees of police. The
legacies of slavery and unfulfilled civil rights, colonialism and erasure, hatred,
and violence have always been fully viewed. Turning away is no longer an
option. Superficial reform is not enough.
We, the undersigned sexual assault and domestic violence state coalitions call ourselves to account for how this movement, and particularly the white leadership within this movement, has repeatedly failed Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) survivors, leaders, organizations, and movements:
We have failed to listen to Black feminist liberationists and other colleagues of color in the movement who cautioned us against the consequences of choosing increased policing, prosecution, and imprisonment as the primary solution to gender-based violence.
We have promoted false solutions of reforming systems designed to control people rather than real community-based solutions that support healing and liberation.
We have invested significantly in the criminal legal system, despite knowing that the vast majority of survivors choose not to engage with it and that those who do are often re-traumatized by it.
We have held up calls for “victim safety” to justify imprisonment and ignored the fact that prisons hold some of the densest per-capita populations of trauma survivors in the world.
We have ignored and dismissed transformative justice approaches to healing, accountability, and repair approaches created by BIPOC leaders and used successfully in BIPOC communities.
We acknowledge BIPOC’s historical trauma and lived experiences of violence and center those traumas and experiences in our commitments to move forward. We affirm that BIPOC communities are not homogeneous and that opinions on what is necessary now vary in substance and degree. We stand with the Black Women leaders in our movement, for whom isolation, risk, and hardship are now particularly acute. And we are grateful to the Black Women, Indigenous Women, and Women of Color - past and present - who have contributed mightily to our collective body of work, even as it has compromised their own health and well-being.
It is time to transform not only oppressive institutions but also ourselves. Divestment and reallocation must be accompanied by a rigorous commitment to and participation in the community solutions and supports that multiple organizations are recommending