Amicus Brief Filed in Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Human Trafficking Case
The Tahirih Justice Center, along with Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, ASISTA Immigration Assistance, Freedom Network USA, and Sanctuary for Families, filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
This brief supports a group of civil immigrant detainees in their case against GEO Group Inc., a for-profit detention facility, that forced the plaintiffs to work without pay. The brief focuses on the protection the plaintiffs are entitled to under Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Tahirih Letter to DHS’ Office of the Inspector General
Tahirih sent this letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Inspector General, requesting that the Office of the Inspector General investigate the recent disclosure of confidential information on immigrant survivors of crime through DHS’ publicly-searchable VINE online database.
2016 Audited Financial Statements
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Tahirih Statement Opposing H.R. 391, “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017”
Tahirih submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee as it considers H.R. 391, “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017.” Tahirih urged the Committee to reject this bill, which would restrict access to asylum and related relief and elevate the risk of further atrocities, including death, for Tahirih clients.
Tahirih Statement Opposing Increased Appropriations for Immigration Detention
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee as it considers the FY2018 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. Tahirih urged the Committee to reject the bill’s proposed increase in appropriations for immigration detention.
Letter From ICE Regarding DHS-VINE Database
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shared in a July 14, 2017 letter to the Tahirih Justice Center that it has removed from its publicly searchable database all federally protected information on immigrant victims of crime. This letter comes after advocates found that identifying information about victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other crimes was publicly searchable in a new database launched by ICE in late April 2017.
Tahirih Statement Opposing the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” and “Kate’s Law”
Tahirih submitted this statement to the U.S. House of Representatives urging opposition to the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004). By further entangling federal and local immigration enforcement, H.R. 3003 will not only put survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence at greater risk of harm, but will also embolden violent criminals who pose a danger to us all. H.R. 3004 will unjustly punish asylum seekers who sought safe haven in the United States, but were improperly denied access to the asylum process the first time around.