Leila A. McNeill

What Trump’s Immigration Policies Mean For Domestic Violence Victims

Until recently, I worked at The Family Place, a domestic violence agency in Dallas, where I’d been for a little over two years. There, I served as a violence prevention educator, spending the majority of the week in elementary schools, high schools, and colleges teaching the root causes of gender-based violence, like harassment, sexual assault, and dating violence. I often encountered students in crisis or students who had experienced trauma at home, either as a victim of or a witness to violence. I can still remember each student who told me their story — each act of abuse they detailed to me.

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