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Undocumented women run an especially high risk of being victimized by employers, romantic partners, and immigration enforcement officers. To combat this, Breakthrough–a group committed to building a “human rights culture”–has begun a campaign called “I’m Here.” The group is focused on shedding light and providing support to immigrant women who feel alone due to fear and abuse.
From Rinku Sen of Colorlines:
Founder Mallika Dutt and her team saw the need to generate empathy and action among “bystanders” – all the people who are not themselves direct victims of a social problem or oppressive system. The group has made enormous interventions on sexual and domestic violence in India, first with a music video that won numerous prizes across Asia, and then with the Bell Bajao campaign. Bell Bajao means ring the bell, and this campaign encourages men to take note and do something when they can see and hear violence taking place. Breakthrough has supported the adaptation of the Bell Bajao campaign and video to Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Pakistan and developed long-term partnerships to bring country-specific campaigns to audiences in Bangladesh and Nepal. They’ve engaged hundreds of thousands of people through the video and related activities, and won more than 30 global awards for their effective use of media to make social change.
If you want to show your support for the movement, you can submit a picture on their tumblr, or use the hashtag #imhere on your twitter.