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Expert Quotes


Executive Director Kathy Moore on the President’s criticism of the California Values Act at a Sanctuary Cities Roundtable:

“President Trump’s name-calling behavior is similar to the verbal abuse we see in domestic violence situations. His frequent references of gang activity when discussing immigration policy ignores the majority of immigrants who are law-abiding members of our communities, including victims of domestic violence. This suggests deeply troubling and dangerous outcomes for all California communities.”

Director of Programs Jacquie Marroquin on the Trump Administration’s Immigration Policies and Immigrant Survivors:

“Domestic violence, sexual violence, abuse exist in the shadows,” Marroquin said. “When folks don’t feel like they can come forward and bring these issues into the light, it forces them to remain in harmful situations.” 

Executive Director Kathy Moore on Survivors of Domestic Violence:

“Certainly we do hear from survivors, time after time, [about] how the judgement, the victim-blaming, serves to further isolate them and makes it sometimes harder for them to reach out for help when folks aren’t sensitive to the really complicated factors that are going on in their lives. ”