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Washington, D.C. 20515-6460
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
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April 24, 2008

HEARING ON WOMEN AND MIGRATION


(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will hold a hearing entitled, “Crossing Borders, Keeping Connected: Women, Migration and Development in the OSCE Region,” on Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. in room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will focus on the impact of migration on family and society, the special concerns of migrant women of color, and the economic contributions of women migrants to their home country through remittances.

According to the United Nations, women are increasingly migrating on their own as main economic providers and heads of households. While the number of women migrants is on the rise, little is known about the economic and social impact of this migration on their home country.

Witnesses will include:

Dr. Manuel Orozco, Remittances and Development Program, Inter-American Dialogue

Dr. Susan Martin, Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

WHAT: U.S. Helsinki Commission Hearing on Women and Migration

WHEN: Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building



The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.


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