Thursday, February 14, 2008

V-Day! Support the work of Enlace Comunitario

Valentine's Day became something I can get on board with when activists proclaimed it V-Day, a day to stop the violence against women.

Domestic violence, a term pointing to violence performed by an intimate partner, is a crisis for the female half of the population. New Mexico ranked 3rd in the country for Domestic Violence in 2003. Then there is sexual violence more broadly.

Celebrate Valentine's day in its traditional way, but please also take a moment to consider how domestic and sexual violence damages women and children, then do something about it.

One thing you can do is support the work of a great local organization, Enlace Comunitario. Enlace provides counseling and legal services to immigrant women seeking to end abusive domestic relationships and also supports the social justice efforts of the greater immigrant community. I know that the need for the work of Enlace far outstrips the resources. Consider making a donation.

Also check out this list of crisis and support resources in New Mexico.

Happy V-Day!