Protect Immigrant Janitors From Sexual Assault

Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: Protect vulnerable immigrant women working as night janitors from sexual assault and rape.

Women are fasting and picketing for protection from being sexually assaulted on the job via education and special training for supervisors. Multiple women have come forward in California with stories of being assaulted by supervisors while working as night janitors. They were unable to obtain justice in part because they were unaware of their rights as undocumented immigrants and because their employers did nothing to help them even when they complained.

A bill that both requires sexual assault prevention training for supervisors and requires all employees to be informed of their rights on the issue–including if they’re undocumented–has already passed in both the California House and Senate. All that’s left is for Governor Jerry Brown to sign it by the end of the month, but he has not yet indicated if he intends to do so.

These brave women have come forward, risking deportation and harassment, to try and convince the governor to sign this bill to protect undocumented women in the future from enduring what they went through. Sign our petition to support them and urge Governor Brown to sign this bill into law before the deadline arrives.


Dear Governor Brown,

A group of 18 women are currently fasting in an attempt to bring your attention to A.B. 1978, a bill that would require supervisors in the state to be trained in sexual assault prevention and all employees to be informed of their rights around this crime, including those given to undocumented immigrant workers. This protest is being undertaken by undocumented women who have been assaulted while working as night janitors and not being able to obtain justice because they didn’t know their rights.

The bill has already been passed by the California House and Senate and should be a no-brainer, but you have yet to state whether you will sign the bill into law. The deadline is coming up and undocumented women trying to survive and earn money for their children can’t wait. No matter their status, women deserve to be protected from this kind of terrible and traumatizing crime.

You have supported undocumented immigrants and women in the past, and I hope you won’t overlook this opportunity to protect both from sexual assault and rape on the job. Please acknowledge the bravery and selflessness of these protesting women and sign this bill into law as soon as possible.


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