Mail Order Bride Company President Lobbying To Weaken Protections For Abused Immigrants

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'It's shocking to me that the people who are advocating for these anti-immigrant provisions are the people who have a monetary interest in not holding batterers accountable and not holding marriage broker agencies accountable.'
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A top official at an anti-domestic violence advocacy group that has been encouraging the House GOP to roll back protections for immigrant victims in the Violence Against Women Act is the founder of a controversial international matchmaking company, domestic violence workers warned lawmakers. The advocacy group, SAVE, has been lobbying the House to include a 'reform to curb VAWA immigration fraud' in its version of the bill... An official of SAVE has a major financial interest in reducing immigrant protections: Its treasurer, Natasha Spivack, started international 'marriage service' Encounters International in 1993 with the aim of arranging marriages between U.S. men and Russian women. 'The Woman Of Your Dreams Just May Have A Russian Accent,' states the company's website. One of the Russian brides matched by Encounters International sued the firm, claiming that she was beaten...

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