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Merrimack Valley

September 19, 2013

Lawrence targeted for women's forum

Pay equity, immigration reform topics relevant to area women

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There will be an info session on Pathways to Citizenship: the Current State of Immigration Reform presented by MIRA.

“There is not one clear path to citizenship as it stands and that’s the problem,” Lora said. “How you enter the country, what country you come from and what the relationship is between the Untied States and your native country greatly affects how one becomes a citizen. Everyone is different.”

Becoming a citizen can be very costly as well and some can not afford it.

“We are talking about women who are working minimum wage jobs or are the caretakers of their family. They can’t always afford it,” Lora said.

Another factor is the language barrier.

“Sometimes they can’t understand everything they have to do in order to become a citizen,” Lora said.

The event will also help register women who are eligible to vote if they decide to do so.

Lora believes the first step for women to become advocates for themselves is education.

“Education is empowerment. These types of events help women with that and teach them how to use their own voices in a powerful way,” she said.

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