UC Law SF Journal on Gender and Justice


The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults against Women (the "Commission") is a private, nonprofit social service agency. Since 1971, the Commission has been offering services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Commission operates two 24-hour rape and battering hotlines, through which we receive between eight hundred and one thousand calls per month. Many of these calls are from women who are in abusive relationships or who recently have been sexually assaulted. We receive a large number of calls from Latina survivors, many of whom are undocumented immigrants. While these women often would like to report the crimes committed against them, they fear that law enforcement officials will "cross report" them to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.