The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

GCADV Joins Organizations Across Country Signing on to Amicus Curiae Brief against Arizona SB 1070

Posted on: 07.21.10

GCADV stood in solidarity with Legal Momentum and over 50 organizations June 4, 2010; signing onto the Amicus Curiae Brief filed against Arizona SB1070.  The brief demonstrated how Arizona’s proposed legislation would disproportionately impact immigrant women’s legal rights and protections as crime victims, limit their ability to access services, further oppress and create barriers for immigrant women victims of crime to come forward and report crimes committed against them, and jeopardize their maternal rights in maintaining custody of their children when reporting crimes or attempting to access services. Legal Momentum’s motion to file the brief was granted the last week in June by the Arizona District Court.

In signing onto the brief, GCADV submitted the following statement:

The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) brings together member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence.  GCADV works to create social change by addressing the root causes of this violence, while increasing capacity and collaboration, and promoting justice, safety, and healing for those affected by domestic violence.  Guided by the voices of survivors, GCADV leads advocacy efforts for responsive public policy and supports quality, comprehensive prevention and intervention services throughout the state.  In solidarity with our sister coalitions and organizations working to end violence against women, we acknowledge the impact of SB1070 on those we serve in Georgia and those served throughout the country.  SB1070 not only significantly affects the immigrant women and children for whom we seek justice and safety for, but it also affects the women and advocates on the front-lines and at the grassroots whom are many generations removed and contribute so much to this movement.  Implementation of legislation such as this creates additional stress, barriers, and bias to victims of domestic violence seeking to rebuild their lives.  As the culture of immigrant families is very close and nurturing, striving towards the implementation of SB1070 would greatly impact families, separating mothers from their children and other members of their family. These family members are a primary source of support for victims of domestic violence as they work towards empowerment and self sustainability. As the bill seeks to achieve an overall goal of combating crime by undocumented individuals, it creates devastation for undocumented victims discouraging them from coming forward to report acts of crimes committed against them and heightening the level of fear they are already experiencing. These un-intended consequences further alienate and control victims of domestic violence therefore reinforcing trauma and oppressing a movement of truly ending violence against women across cultural lines.

On July 6, 2010, GCADV was notified that the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona in U.S. federal court.  The lawsuit was filed on the basis that Arizona’s proposal of SB 1070 is pre-empted by federal law and directly violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.[1]

[1] The United States of America, Plaintiff v. The State of Arizona; and Janice K. Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona, in her Official Capacity, Retrieved 7/14/10 from,

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