Here is a piece of "scholarship" just released by NOW to butress their support for IMBRA. Like so much other similar work, this is a masterpiece of the absence of intellectually integrity.
Leslye Orloff of NOW's Legal Momentum and Hema Sarangapani, are the ersatz scholars and authors of the report.
The report can be accessed here: http://vaw.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/13/5/469
Here are some excerpts:
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Governmental and Industry Roles and Responsibilities in Response to International Marriage Brokers: Equalizing the Balance of Power
Between Foreign Fiances and Spouses
[God forbid that power is not exactly equal at all times, as measured by NOW]
The international marriage broker (IMB) industry, an industry that markets available foreign brides primarily to U.S. citizens, has dramatically grown in recent years. Relying heavily on the Internet, this industry remained largely unregulated through 2005. In recent years, concern has grown over the all-too-frequent phenomenon of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident abusive men using the services of IMBs to meet foreign fiancés and wives, only to lock them into physically and sexually
abusive relationships once they are brought to the U.S.
[My wife keeps asking me with a twinkle in her eye: "When does the sex abuse start?"]
Contemporary Practices of IMBs
In a typical IMB recruitment process, the bridal agencies initiate contact with potential brides by primarily utilizing Internet, newspaper, and magazine advertisements (Chun, 1996; O’Rourke, 2002). The agencies screen potential recruits, select eligible candidates for marriage, assign them identification numbers, and include their full-body photographs or headshots in print magazines, Internet catalogues, or both. Recruits are also often required to provide other personal information, including
physical measurements and personal interests (Chun, 1996).
After developing a catalogue of profiles of women available for marriage, the agencies direct their efforts toward attracting potential consumers.
[Sounds like Match.com]
Some foreign fiancés will be brought to the United States by citizens who will begin an intimate relationship with the foreign fiancé, subsequently abuse her, and then refuse to marry her... [Can you imagine that? A man who refuses to marry a woman? And worse, the authors of this report imply that if he is abusing her he should then marry her. Go figure.]
[and here is one of their footnotes]
2. A search for mail-order bride at www.google.com
on August 7, 2005, produced approximately 444,000 hits. Nearly all of the first 50 hits were links to introduction agencies or informational sites on
the mail-order bride process. In addition, one informational site (http://www.goodwife.com
), the Mail Order Bride Warehouse, contains links to thousands of agencies searchable by international region (e.g., “Asian,” “Latin,” “Soviet,” “Multi-ethnic”)
[So what exactly is this information supposed to prove? Apparently these authors think that if there are a lot of hits on a phrase on Google, it means something bad. Yes, men who want to marry foreign women are bad because there are a lot of hits when they type in "mail order bride." Can anyone believe that this kind of scholarship is anything but the most sophmoric?]
Leslye E. Orloff is Director of the Immigrant Women Program (IWP) at Legal Momentum's Washington,
D.C. office and is a co-founder and co-chair of the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant
Women. She was involved in drafting provisions of VAWA 2005 aimed at regulating International
Marriage Brokers as well as the Protections for Battered Immigrant Women Provisions of VAWA 1994,
2000, and 2005. She has written local and national training curricula and manuals and is a nationally
respected trainer on domestic violence, cultural competency, family law, protection orders, the Violence
Against Women's Act's immigration provisions, welfare rights of battered immigrant women, and the
nexus between domestic violence and immigration law.
Hema Sarangapani is a Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services working primarily with immigrant
survivors of gender-based violence to access immigration relief under the Violence Against Women
Act. Ms. Sarangapani is a 2005 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and is committed to
increasing awareness of the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and economic status within the violence
against women movement.