Tahirih Letter to Acting ICE Director on DHS-VINE Database
The Tahirih Justice Center found that detained applicants for U visas – and potentially other protected survivors – are listed in the new searchable Department of Homeland Security Victim Information Notification Exchange (DHS-VINE) online database. Under the law, DHS is prohibited from disclosing any information about these protected survivors to a third-party, with certain limited exceptions.
Tahirih informed the Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that applicants for U, T, and VAWA protection, including Tahirih clients, are listed in the DHS-VINE database on May 12, 2017 and again in this letter on May 25, 2017.
Statement: DHS’ VINE Database Includes Federally Protected Information on Survivors of Crime
The Tahirih Justice Center, ASISTA, API-GBV, and Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network issued this joint statement after finding that protected survivors are listed in the new searchable Department of Homeland Security Victim Information Notification Exchange (DHS-VINE) online database.
May 23 Press Telebriefing Recording: 2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey
On May 23, a panel of experts representing organizations working to end sexual assault and domestic violence discussed the findings of the 2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors on a press telebriefing. Listen to the recording to hear their conversation about how current immigration enforcement policies are impacting survivors of gender-based violence.
Letter to the California Senate Appropriations Committee in Support of SB 273
Tahirih submitted this letter of support to the California Senate Appropriations Committee on SB 273, a bill that, as-amended, serves as an immediate first step in a critical longer journey to protect California’s children against forced or coerced marriages, and against the many well-documented risks and harms of child marriage.
Key Findings: 2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors
Current immigration enforcement policies have had a significant impact on immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Many advocates are hearing from immigrant survivors that they have increased fear and concerns about reaching out for assistance.
To better understand these concerns, the Tahirih Justice Center and coalition of national organizations sent out a survey to the field on April 12 – 25, 2017 asking for their feedback. In total, 715 advocates and attorneys from 46 states and the District of Columbia completed the survey. This fact sheet shows the results of the survey.
2016 Impact Report
With your help, in 2016, we:
- Provided free legal services to 1,314 immigrant women and girls and 1,202 of their family members
- Connected 715 clients and family members with vital social services including emergency shelter, food and clothing, and healthcare
- Marshaled an army of 1,976 attorneys in our Pro Bono Network to leverage donated resources and maximize our capacity, turning every $1 donated to Tahirih into $4 of impact
Read our full Impact Report for a snapshot of what we accomplished together!
Amicus Brief Filed in Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Case
The Tahirih Justice Center and a coalition of organizations working to end domestic violence filed this amicus brief to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in support of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s case against a Department of Justice decision to prevent non-profits from providing limited legal assistance to immigrants. The brief highlights the impact that this rule would have on survivors of gender-based violence who are entitled to protection under U.S. law and urges the court to grant a temporary restraining order.