Layli Miller-Muro Featured on TEDx and Dan Rather Reports
A key part of Tahirih’s mission includes informing the public of the unique challenges that immigrant survivors of violence face and, ultimately, creating lasting legal and social change. This outreach includes not only professionals working directly with at-risk populations, but also increasing awareness of the issues our clients face among the general public.
This past spring, Layli Miller-Muro had the opportunity to speak about Tahirih’s work on two public platforms which reached wide audiences.
In May, TEDx Grand Rapids recognized Layli as an innovator of justice and invited her to speak at their invitation-only event. Layli joined leading thinkers and doers for an inspiring day of thought-provoking presentations, performances, and conversations. TED is a widely known nonprofit dedicated to Ideas Worth Sharing. The event was attended by over 600 individuals and is now available online. If you have not yet had the chance to view Layli’s inspiring speech, we encourage you to watch it below and share with your friends!
More recently, Layli had the opportunity to highlight the Tahirih Justice Center’s national leadership role in a critical emerging issue—the forced marriage of young women from immigrant communities in the Unites States. Among other activities, we recently distributed a national survey (prepared in consultation with sociologists from the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center) to better understand the scope and nature of the problem, to identify key stakeholders, and develop a collaborative national support network for those facing forced marriage. We also hope to foster respectful conversations—both nationally and at the community level—that reflect the complexity and sensitivity of the issue. The topic is generating a great deal of interest and caught the attention of Dan Rather. In August, Dan Rather Reports interviewed Layli for a report on “honor” violence in the United States. Watch an excerpt from the show below, then purchase the whole episode on iTunes (Season 6, Episode 25).
For other appearances of Tahirih in the news, check out the In the News section of this newsletter.
This article is a part of Tahirih’s September 2011 newsletter.