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Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April.

I was really excited to participate in the fast with other advocates of immigrant survivors.

During the day when my tummy would give a little rumble I was able to reflect on all the immigrant families I've met in my lifetime who have survived too many crimes, who are still separated from their immediate family members, who still struggle to live in the shadows, and have to fight to have even their basic needs met.

I am proud to have fasted in solidarity with other advocates across the country to show Congress that we need Comprehensive Immigration Reform now! I want to be able to stop counting the number of women and families who have survived, and start counting the number who THRIVE.

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