Exiled from the countries of their birth, railroaded into prisons and detention centers, torn from their children and denied health care because they don?t speak English ? the treatment which immigrant women prisoners experience makes a cruel mockery of the promise of freedom and security which this country pretends to offer. For their capacity to endure, their commitment to fight for their children and families, and their determination to keep their homelands strong in their hearts even while they fight for the right to remain in this country if necessary, we dedicate this issue to all the immigrant women who are incarcerated in the U. S.