Additional Resources

How Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws Threatens the Safety of Immigrant Survivors

This article by Tahirih’s Director of Public Policy, Jeanne Smoot, is reposted here with the permission of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA). It was originally printed in the VSDVAA journal Revolution in Summer 2008. Download PDF

Summary of The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBRA)

This short document provides a brief overview of IMBRA and then outlines the obligations IMBRA imposed on international marriage brokers as well as the changes IMBRA required in the government’s processing of fiancé(e)/spouse visa applications. It also provides section references to IMBRA provisions. Download PDF

Frequently Asked Questions: The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBRA)

This document provides more extensive discussion of key questions and answers related to IMBRA, and goes into greater depth about the extent and nature of the problem of abuse in marriages resulting from IMB introductions. Download PDF


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Illustrative Cases of Women and Their Children Exploited and Abused Through the International Marriage Broker Industry

This short document provides case stories that help demonstrate the need for greater protections for women using the services of international marriage broker agencies, and represents only a small sample of the many tragic cases that have been brought to Tahirih’s attention over the course of our Campaign. Download PDF

Examples of the “Commoditization” of Women by International Marriage Brokers (IMBs)

This short document lists pages and quotes from international marriage broker websites that expose how the industry’s business practices tend to establish a male client vs. female commodity dynamic, and how the industry’s marketing practices tend to hype gender, ethnic, and cultural stereotypes, even promoting foreign women as more subservient or as an overall better investment than their American counterparts. Download PDF

Advisory for International Marriage Brokers About the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act

Some IMBs have raised questions regarding IMBRA’s requirements and parameters. In an effort to clarify IMBRA and IMB obligations, Tahirih prepared an Advisory that summarizes IMBRA’s key elements, addresses “Frequently Asked Questions,” provides practical tips to facilitate compliance, and includes background notes about IMBRA. Download PDF

Advisory for Prosecutors, Attorneys, and Victim-Advocates: Federal and State Regulation of International Marriage Brokers

This Advisory is intended to help hold IMBs accountable for failing to comply with federal and state laws that regulate IMBs in order to prevent the abuse and exploitation of foreign brides. The Advisory outlines for prosecutors, attorneys, victim-advocates, and others, the various legal remedies—at the federal and state level, both civil and criminal, initiated by prosecutors or pursued by the abused women themselves—that may be available when a woman is abused by a man she met through an IMB. Download PDF

USCIS Fact Sheet for Immigrating Foreign Brides

IMBRA requires both IMBs and the US government to distribute an information pamphlet/Fact Sheet detailing the legal rights and resources available to immigrating foreign brides who may be at risk of abuse in the United States. On October 27, 2010, US Citizenship and Immigration Services officially released this Fact Sheet (“Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa”), which is available at: > Resources > Humanitarian-Benefit Based Resources > Resources for Battered Spouses, Children and Parents.

Joint Comments Filed by the Tahirih Justice Center and Legal Momentum’s Immigrant Women Program in Response to the Draft Information Pamphlet/Fact Sheet Published by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) required DHS, in consultation with the Departments of State and Justice, and nongovernmental organizations with specialized expertise, to develop a pamphlet about the K visa and other marriage-based immigration process, the legal rights and resources available to immigrant victims of crime, and other crucial information. In July 2008, DHS published for public comment a draft pamphlet. Tahirih and Legal Momentum filed detailed comments in response, including draft proposed alternative pamphlet language. Download PDF